Re: Back for another whinge
aw, mama, that sounds rough to have so little support from your family! it sounds like they have some major boundary issues and over-concern (or at least inappropriate expression of concern) over your choices, including your weight. i think that's not ever a very easy position to be in, but for a new mom it can really be tough. i think you are right that breastfeeding your youngest is still the best thing for her, even though it divides your attention from your sick son. the right thing for your family to do to help would be all the things that YOU can't do - any care of your son that he'd allow while sick, plus cooking, cleaning, laundry, shopping, bringing YOU food and water. those are the things that are helpful for moms, NOT (in general) taking the baby away so mom can do all that ****. i super dislike the very common idea that helpers just hold the baby while mom does all the work. even at 5 months!
so, practical advice: maybe you can (next time) ask for some very specific help? like, could you please do this load of laundry, or vacuum the carpet, or whatever?
ps - people on forums don't always stay strangers
Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.