I, a loving husband and father, come humbly before you knowledgeable LLL members asking advice for my wife and new daughter.
A brief history of the pregnancy...my wife was diagnosed with both gestational diabetes and preeclampsia in the last month of her pregnancy. She ended up having to have a c-section(9-16) due to the preeclampsia and currently still has high bp although her body is beginning to regulate it better. Also a week after the baby was born my wife developed a fairly large hematoma in her abdomen where the c-section incision was. She was hospitalized for two nights and they treated her with antibiotics and she bounced back fine. She also has hypothyroidism and polycystic ovarian syndrome and takes meds for both. The baby is doing great aside from being a little cranky now at 5 weeks.
My question has to do with the amount of breast milk my wife produces. She breastfed the baby exclusively until she was put in the hospital for the hematoma. But she pumped while she was in the hospital and I was shocked by how much she yielded. She got at least an ounce usually more each time she pumped. But after the hospital she's never been able to get that amount. We've also had to give the baby formula from time to time since then just to give my wife time to recover from the hematoma. But my wife continued to pump at home with our Madela In Style but with very little result. She also fed the baby from the breast when she felt up to it.
Now we're trying to get back to exclusively breastfeeding but I'm worried the baby isn't getting enough. I know the baby is a better breast milk extractor than the pump but the pump just doesn't seem to be getting anything(like not even a half an ounce) which makes me worry the baby is getting only a little more. Another thing to note(which may or may not be important) is that my wife's breasts never got hard like everyone said they would and she's never been able to feel a letdown.
I've been trying to track her pees and poops as the LLL book says to do. Her urine doesn't seem as abundant now that we're breastfeeding rather than supplementing with formula but it isn't super concentrated and dark. So that makes me think she's getting enough. Any advice for me to ease my mind or help the situation? I just don't want to be starving my daughter if my wife's breasts aren't able to produce milk.