There's a new phrase that has been creating quite the buzz in the parenting circles of the internet as of late — breastsleeping. Now, before you roll your eyes and dismiss it as another (oddly termed) passing fad, hear me out. The thing with breastsleeping is that it isn't new at all. In fact, it's been around since time immemorial. Or pretty close to it. Learning about the benefits of breastsleeping can help dispel any concerns or qualms you may have with society adding yet another term to our "parenting glossaries."
But before delving into its benefits, what is breastsleeping in the first place? Coined by James McKenna, founder of the Mother-Baby Sleep Laboratory and author of the recent piece published in Acta Paedaitrica, breastsleeping is essentially a combination of the terms co-sleeping and breastfeeding. Meant to dismiss the stigma surrounding bed-sharing, breastsleeping, when practiced safely, has numerous benefits for both mothers and babies (and even the partners and non-nursing parents who share the bed too.) In fact, you may already be practicing breastsleeping without knowing there was a term for it.
Whether you're on board (or should I say, bed) or not, learning about some of the benefits this method of sleeping has for your family is worth it — especially when it contains the words "more sleep."