Breastsleeping — or, bed-sharing while breastfeeding — is becoming more common for mothers and their babies, both for it's convenience and benefits for both mom and baby when practiced safely. Breastfeeding, however, isn't exactly known for its cleanliness and the combination of sleeping and eating might make for the occasional messy night. Any mom who plans to breastsleep should learn a few breastsleeping hygiene tips to keep both her and her sleeping babe as clean, happy, fed, and healthy as possible.
Of course, most of these tips are intuitive; you don't need a list telling you how to keep yourself clean as a nursing mom. But having a bit of a heads up will save you some mid-sleep stress when it's the middle of the night and you wake up with soaking wet breasts, or, worse yet, a dirty diaper that you didn't see coming.
These hygiene tips, practiced alongside safe breastsleeping guidelines, like having a safe mattress, minimal bedding, and placing baby on their back, will ensure that both you and your baby get the sleep you both need — without the mess.