With Joshua, I had the most terrible first 6 weeks of breastfeeding. It hurt and I cried every time I even thought about having to nurse him again. But after that, it was smooth sailing. He was weaned at 14 months. This time, when the initial pain subsided after just a couple days, I thought it was going to be a breeze. But then the let-down issues started and the fussiness at the breast problems. And now, what seems to be a clogged duct.
About 4 days ago, I started having this intense pain on the left side. Yesterday, when it was still there, I went to see the doctor who said it wasn't mastitis (that's a good thing) but a clogged duct. There's not much that can be done about it but continue to use that side and use it often to keep the milk flowing to unclog the duct. And take some ibuprofen. And try a hot or cold compress. And call the doctor if I have flu-like symptoms or a red patch develops (signs of mastitis) or if it's not better by Friday. Oh, the joys.