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I figured leaking colostrum was normal, and nipple pain, but it's crazy how they'll just start stinging all-the-sudden, like SERIOUSLY stinging, and I lift my bra to find them dripping colostrum (actively, like drip drip drip). It's so bad that I've been wearing (and having to change) nursing pads every day for 2-3 weeks. Is that what it feels like to breastfeed at first----that stinging? Is that just how milk coming through your nipple is supposed to feel to begin with?

And, is there anything I can or *should* do to lessen it? It's hugely encouraging to see that they work because I have PCOS and was worried about them not working at all. Could it be this crazy because of the PCOS?

Just looking for a few "I had that" posts, I guess! I'm only 22 weeks right now, so yeah----crazy!
 

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Seems like everyone feels let-down differently, what you describe sounds like your own experience of it. If this is what you'll feel during breastfeeding at first be assured it should only sting when your milk starts to flow, not the whole time baby is at the breast. Use the cloth nursing pads, that will protect the nipples and catch the leaks. Or Lilypadz, which will prevent the leaking from beginning as they provide compression.

*Could* be the PCOS triggering it, possibly, the lactation process is hormonal, involving prolactin and oxytocin. But it's also normal to have this.
 
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