I'm jotting this down and putting this online, just in case someone with a similar experience is reading. I didn't really expect surprises with breastfeeding this time around, but as I'm learning, you can never know everything! So, here are two new (to me) lactation experiences...
Painful letdown - with Shira, I had mild tingling sensation during letdown which was even rather pleasant. Now, letdown is often so painful I have to gasp for air. It feels like pins and needles. There are no symptoms of breast infection and otherwise I'm feeling just fine. I suppose this is another feature of overactive letdown.
Feelings of depression and anxiety prior to letdown - I didn't really notice this during the first few weeks, because everything was such a blur emotionally - but now that things are becoming more or less steady, I can definitely tell I'm having strong, though fortunately brief, feelings of anxiety and depression at the beginning of each time I sit down to nurse the baby.
It is not postpartum depression as otherwise I'm feeling perfectly fine, and usually it passes after a minute but it is still unnerving because it's obviously a chemical/hormonal reaction which has nothing to do with my real-life emotions, and which I can do nothing about. This is something completely new to me - I never experienced anything remotely alike when breastfeeding my first child. I'm not sure whether something can, or even should be done about this (I can, after all, cope with feeling anxious for a minute at a time), or whether it might pass on its own. I searched the web and came across this link.
So much for breastfeeding babble for today! Hope all you ladies have had/are having a great weekend.