Re: Help, I'm drying up.
What kind of pump are you using? How often/long are you pumping? Since you are away from dc for extended periods you may want to look into renting a hospital grade pump. Do you have WIC? They are a great resource for low income families. If you are on WIC they can let you borrow a hospital grade pump at no charge and will even give you an Ameda Purely Yours (same quality as the Medela PIS) to keep at no charge. They also have LCs you can work with. Have you tried fenugreek? They didn't work for me, but my sister tried them and they helped her. She had to take 3 610mg capsule 3xday. Stress can also lower milk supply. I know it is hard (I am a single mom of 2 who just moved myself) but when you pump try to relax and make sure you are getting enough rest, that can make a big difference too. Drink plently of fluids and eat oatmeal too.
Have you looked into Child Care Assistance? In Texas it is called CCMS (Child Care Management Services), but I believe it is a nation assistance program, they help by paying part of child care costs and lots of day care facilities accept them. For a family of 3 I believe the cut off income is $34,000.00/yr, and the parent fee (part you pay) is 13% of your income.
Hope this helps! Hang in there you are doing a great job!
Amanda Mom to James (2/25/04) and nursling Alice (8/24/05)