I had a c-section 3 months ago, found I had no breast milk in the days that followed. About 5 days after the c-section, I started pumping 8-12 times in a 24 hour period and also consumed fenugreek and other lactation support galactogogues. I finally started making about 2 oz of milk a day which over time increased to about 5 oz a day. During this time (approx 2 months after my c-section), my son was mostly formula fed. I would nurse him first everytime he was hungry and then later gave him formula - a practice that I continue till today. After nursing him, I would pump. I am no longer able to pump as frequently since a couple weeks ago.
My question is - it seems that I have followed every bit of advise, ie frequency of pumping, nursing, eating lactation support items, why is my milk supply not increasing? I just got my period and the small amount of milk that I did produce has also diminished. How do I find out what the problem is? Are my prolactin levels low? How do I find out if they are low?
I want to identify what the problem is so that there may be a possibility of doing something about it when I have my next child. BTW, I am 38 yrs old and this is my first child. I have been assured age has nothing to do with my troubles and neither is the fact that I had a c-section. I also consulted 3 lactation consultants and they are as confounded about the problem as I am.