If you follow any of breastfeeding boards or pages, you've likely come across the term "breastsleeping." For the uninitiated, the term describes bed-sharing while breastfeeding. It can be a real lifesaver for sleep-deprived nursing mothers, but it is by no means a "must." So, yes, there are more than few reasons why it's perfectly OK if you don't want to breastsleep. No judgment for moms who choose to do so (how you feed your baby is your business), but if you're looking for some support in opting out, it turns out there are some pretty solid reasons to do so.
I was committed to breastfeeding, although nursing didn't exactly pan out the way I'd imagined. Still, it was really important to me to give my child that immunity boost and specially-designed nutrition that comes with breast milk, so I made it work. When it came to bed-sharing, however, my partner and I had concerns about safety. Personally, I need a lot of sleep, and I guard it jealously, so sharing my bed with a small human wasn't exactly on my most-wanted list, either. I'm not saying it was easy to get up with the baby every time she wanted to feed in the night, but we had her in a bassinet by our bed and there was a rocking chair in our room, so it wasn't terrible.
Breastsleeping was out of the question for me, but that didn't mean I couldn't nurse. Like most things, as I've discovered, it's not an all or nothing proposition. You'll have lots of decisions to make as a new mom, so if you're weighing breastsleeping, you may want to consider the following: