If you sleep in the same bed as your nursing infant and breastfeed while asleep (or close to it) you're breastsleeping. I know I didn't even realize I was necessarily feeding my baby when I was breastsleeping because, well, there was no getting up to nurse. Instead I was able to rest while my baby snuggled and fed. However, and while it does lead to more restful nights, there are certain struggles all breastsleeping moms know all too well.
When I first began breastsleeping, it was out of exhaustion and desperation. My son hated sleeping and loved nursing, so I was not getting a lick of sleep (even though he was sleeping in a basket right next to my bed). That first night of breastsleeping was a revelation. Everyone slept so much better and, well, it was incredible. As a group of well-rested, well-fed, cozy, and snuggly human beings, the family bed was the answer we'd been looking for. Since that night, I've been breastsleeping with either a baby or toddler every single night for five years. I honestly can't imagine it a different way. Breastsleeping fits our family and assures me that everyone's needs are met, even, as is often not the case, my own.
Still, for as wonderful as it is there definitely are struggles only breastsleeping can offer you. As with almost anything else in life, you have to take the good with the bad. The good is sleep and, well, the bad is something like this: