I'm new to the forum and greatly appreciate reading all the posts! My LO is 3 weeks today and I am still finding it painful to breastfeed, with three different types of pain. We have a good latch and I am confident that he is getting enough milk because we have the recommended number of wet and poo nappies. However it is still very painful when he first latches (1) but once he starts sucking well this pain generally goes away. I can't feel the 'letdown' is this normal or is the pain going away part of the letdown? When he has been sucking for a while, usually greater than 20 min it can become painful (2) but this pain is more of a shooting pain - is this an indication that he has emptied the breast? Finally once he has finished BF I can 'feel' my breasts filling up again and this feels painful (3) too, sometimes stabbing pain and sometimes just a general ache in various parts of the breast - has anyone else experienced this?
Another slight worry related to whether or not the breast is emptied is that my LO never really comes off the breast on his own. He either falls asleep on my breast or I take him off because the pain becomes to great (Pain 2). If I take him off because of pain 2 I usually offer him the other breast. Is this OK?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated, I really enjoy BF but when he starts cluster feeding or goes through a growth spurt like now - it can get very painful and frustrating.