Breastsleeping (breastfeeding your baby while you both sleep) can be a lifesaver to sleep-deprived moms the world over. It certainly is not for everyone, but breastsleeping can ensure both mom and baby get a great night's rest. Or, well, better rest when compared to the night you get up breastfeed in a chair or something. Still, breastsleeping is not an easy decision for a lot of moms to make. If you're thinking of trying it, or you're just curious, consider some of the things your baby wants you to know about breastsleeping, before you go for it.
With my first son, I was adamant about keeping him in the crib at night. Every night I would wake up and go to him the moment he started crying, and I was miserable throughout the entire process. How could I not have been? Nothing seemed to calm him down once he was up, including nursing. Once he was done nursing, he would work himself up again and it would take another hour to get him down to sleep. Even then, he would sleep for such a short amount of time before he would awake, yet again, for some other reason (hunger, wet diaper, who knows what else). Of course, he always loved being in my arms, nursing in my bed, but I was terrified of co-sleeping and of starting a precedent; the warnings of "he'll never leave!" ringing in my ears.
Cut to my second son, and I was all about breastsleeping. We didn't do it the entire night, but we did do it for large chunks of the night and usually after he woke up from his initial sleep stretch. I slept so much better knowing I wouldn't have to be startled awake to the sound of screams down the hall, and I could just inch my body over to nurse. As for the "he'll never leave" warning? Well, that's another story. He's almost 3, and still in our bed for a good portion of the night. Still, I'd like to think my son would've wanted me to know a thing or two about that whole breastsleeping business before we started (mainly, that him sleeping in my bed at the tender age of 3, is a fair trade), including the following: