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Bleeding like you describe is "normal" for me, too. I freak out when I have a light period with bright red thin blood, because that is not what I normally experience. Painful menstruation is not normal, under any circumstances! Pain is your body's way of telling you something is wrong. Painful menstruation plus heavy, clotty periods sounds like you may have endometriosis (fibroids are also a possible explanation, the two often go hand-in-hand). It would be a good idea to look into that possibility, and if you think that might be the case, find a specialist in your area (or not too distant, like a day's drive away or less) who knows how and has the skills needed to treat such a disorder.
I might be mistaken, but I think Premarin is just a synthetic progesterone/progestin, and is perfectly safe to take while breastfeeding. Yeah, it does come through your milk, but there is no evidence of any adverse effects from it and most docs consider it to be safe. If it actually helped you, you are most likely looking at a problem with estrogen dominance, which is a major sign that you do indeed have endo. Natural progesterone cream also helps for the same reasons, but not for everyone. I have good results using wild yam cream instead.