Breastfeeding isn't always a magical experience, but there is a way to make it easier
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Host: It’s a procedure that takes a few minutes but it will save mom Shani hidden from months of pain. Shani Haden: I would have thought it was normal. I would have thought that breastfeeding is supposed to be painful but it’s not. Host: Dr. Earl Harley puts a little topical anesthetic in Devin’s mouth and then snips the membrane under the tongue called frenulum. It loosens and lengthens the tongue, so he can latch on without hurting mom. Earl H. Harley: Simply, just couple snips and release the tongue. It’s very simple. It takes a matter of a minute, two minutes at the most. Host: The goal is to prevent more moms from giving up on breastfeeding. A recent survey shows breastfeeding in the U.S. is at an all-time high. 77% of new moms are doing it compared to 60% 15 years ago. Lise Eliot: It is one of the easiest ways mothers can choose to make a tremendous difference in their baby's health. Host: Studies show breastfed babies have a lower risk of ear and respiratory infections, obesity, diabetes and even cancer compared to formula-fed infants. It could also help moms years later. New research shows postmenopausal women who breastfed were 10% less likely to have a heart attack or stroke and had a lower risk of diabetes and high cholesterol. Shani Haden: He’s fine and he’s laughing. He seems very comfortable now. Host: Making motherhood healthier and less painful starting on day one. I’m Casey Taylor reporting.