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What is the difference between delayed (or optimal) cord clamping and milking the cord?

Delayed cord clamping is a natural process where the cord blood is transferred to the baby with no help from health professionals.

But milking the cord is when the midwife or doctor push the blood through the cord, so it is transferred more quickly. It is a safe technique, but it usually only happens if the process needs to happen more quickly. This is usually because the baby needs help with their breathing.

Milking the cord may also be a better option for babies born before 28 weeks of pregnancy.

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