Re: Second Time and Worried About "Normal" Pain
Welcome, and congrats on the baby to come! Piercing pain lasting for months and months doesn't sound normal to me. I'm willing to bet that there was some issue that never got found/fixed- a tongue tie, thrush, a wicked bad latch, short or inverted nipples. Something.
The good news is that the second go-round can be completely different from the first. My first nursing experience was agonizing for around 6 months. My second was easy-peasy. Different baby, different mouth, slightly more everted nipples. She's been a dream to nurse!
One thing I'd strongly suggest doing is finding a lactation consultant, preferably an IBCLC, to help you if you do run into trouble. Just having that number in your phonebook will make you feel like you have a plan. Just in case.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"