According to the Neonatal Resuscitation program, doctors should delay umbilical cord clamping a minimum of one minute if no immediate medical attention is needed
When clamping the umbilical cord, doctors should wait a full three
minutes after birth to reduce the risk of iron deficiency later in life.
A study published in BMJ supports waiting to clamp the umbilical cord.
Waiting three minutes or longer before clamping a newborn’s umbilical cord reduces the prevalence of iron deficiency in babies at four months, a large trial has found.