Re: Initial latch pain
In the absence of other problems, like poor weight gain, blisters, or cracks, a short burst of pain when the baby latches on is generally nothing to worry about. It's sometimes called the "30 second sizzle," and it's the pain you feel when the baby's initial latch is a bit shallow, but after several sucks the baby's latch grows deeper as the nipple is pulled into the ideal position on the back of the tongue. Once the nipple is in the ideal position, the pain stops.
Whether you relatch over this sort of pain is up to you. I'd try to aim for the best latch every time, but not worry too much if the pain is subsiding after a few seconds.
Leaking usually subsides after a few weeks or months, once supply and demand are better matched.
Disposable breast pads aren't the most environmentally friendly option, but they are usually fine for your nipples.
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