Cord milking at delivery improves the iron status of term infants at 6 weeks
- Department of Pediatrics, Women and Infants Hospital, Providence, Rhode Island, USA
- Correspondence to: Dr William Oh
Department of Pediatrics, Women and Infants Hospital, 101 Dudley street, Providence, RI 02905, USA;
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 …