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The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology first to recommend cord clamping--

HOLY LONG TITLE! But we had to get it all in there...

If you read our post on "Debunking Birthing Procedures" which you can find here, you would have read about how many hospitals have birthing procedures that may not be optimal for infant health.

Early cord clamping is one of those procedures.

The American Congress of Obstetrics and Gynecology has been one of the first in the world to recommend delaying umbilical cord clamping at least 30-60 seconds. This means that slowly but surely, hospitals will begin to adopt these practices as well.

So what does this mean for the health of you and your baby?

It has been found that delaying the cord clamping, which cuts off the blood supply from mom to baby, helps to provide more nutrients even after birth and can prevent infant nutrient deficiency MONTHS to come. CRAZY!

Okay but how?

The blood that comes from the umbilical cord helps to establish infant red blood cell volume, which decreases the need for blood transfusions in preterm babies and lowers risks of brain hemorrhaging and a disease of the intestines called necrotizing enterocolitis.

These red blood cells are PACKED with iron which helps to build your baby's iron stores long term.

These stores are SO long term that breast milk is naturally low in iron. Ultimately, the red blood cells from the umbilical cord should produce enough iron to last until solid foods are introduced to your infant.


Iron deficiency in infants can be incredibly detrimental, causing symptoms including, but not limited to, impaired cognitive, motor and behavioral development.

Contrary to what some may think-- delayed cord clamping does not increase the risks of maternal hemorrhaging either-- in fact, it actually decreases the chances.

Overall, this science is a WIN in the maternal and infant nutrition scientific realm! We hope you can see our happy dance from your computer screen...


Are you the Mama that wants to take charge in her personal nutrition to benefit her pregnancy and infant´s health long term?

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Until next time!

Mikayla and Cassie

Mamas Maternal Health Registered Dietitians/Lactation Counselors


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