Breastsleeping is a pretty great set-up. Moms get to sleep, babies get to nurse. What could be better? It turns out that there are lots of benefits of breastsleeping for both you and your baby that give the sleep method major appeal. And learning about a few of the things breastsleeping does to your body might convince you to give it a go in your own home.
Dr. James McKenna, founder of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame and author of the article that coined the term "breastsleeping" calls the method instinctual, saying breastsleeping can increase mother-baby bond, strengthen the breastfeeding relationship, and help you both sleep better at night. And who doesn't want all of that?
Although the benefits of breastsleeping for your baby are pretty well established, the physical and mental benefits for mothers isn't as discussed. Breastsleeping may not physically change your body — unless decreased bags under your eyes from getting more sleep at night counts — but it definitely changes a few things about the way you sleep and interact with your baby.
The most fascinating part is that the majority of these changes are subconscious. When it's done safely, breastsleeping rewires your brain, in a sense, making sure that both you and your baby are properly cared for. Even though you might not notice these changes, knowing that they're happening while you sleep is yet another amazing reason to try out breastsleeping with your little one.