Evid Based Med doi:10.1136/eb-2013-101294
  • Therapeutics
  • Randomised controlled trial

Cord milking at delivery improves the iron status of term infants at 6 weeks

  1. William Oh
  1. Department of Pediatrics, Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
  1. Correspondence to: Dr William Oh
    Department of Pediatrics, Women and Infants Hospital, 101 Dudley street, Providence, RI 02905, USA; woh{at}

Commentary on: Upadhyay A, Gothwal S, Parihar R, et al. Effect of umbilical cord milking in term and near term infants: randomized control trial. Am J Obstet Gynecol 2013;208:120.e1–6.


Placental transfusion achieved by delayed cord clamping or cord milking has generated considerable interest in recent years. Hutton et al1 have shown that delayed-cord clamping in term infants increased iron storage and reduced the incidence of iron deficiency anaemia. With the exception of a higher incidence of polycythaemia, no significant adverse effects were observed. The findings suggest that delayed-cord clamping may serve as an effective no-cost intervention to reduce the …

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