If you follow parenting trends, you know there's always some new catch phrase floating around used to describe a particular practice. And you can almost always guarantee that there will be wildly passionate arguments on both sides. Breastsleeping is one of those terms that seems to be a hot button issue right now. But before you decide whether or not the practice is right for you and your family, you should know some of the myths about breastsleeping.
The term "breastsleeping" was coined by Dr. James McKenna of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Lab at the University of Notre Dame in 2015, and is used to describe the practice of combining breastfeeding and co-sleeping. McKenna's strongest argument for the breastsleeping model is that it helps facilitate breastfeeding because bedsharing makes the practice more accessible to mother and baby, as he told The Huffington Post. Though the American Academy of Pediatrics believes that bed-sharing with your infant can have dangerous consequences, McKenna argued in The Huffington Post that nursing in rocking chairs and on sofas is much more dangerous, and increases the chance that an accident will occur. Instead, he suggests that creating a safe environment in your bed for nursing will lead to more nursing sessions and an increase in the mother's milk supply.
Whether or not you choose to breastsleep with your baby, you should be aware of all of the facts and make the decision that works best for your family.