As a mom, you'll try just about anything to get a few extra minutes of sleep at night. But, have you thought that your baby might be getting tired of their long, weepy night wakings, as well? Some moms have found that their kid gets a better night's sleep when they breastsleep. Not surprisingly, it has a lot to do with the all-you-can-eat buffet attached to their mama's chest.
If you haven't heard of breastsleeping, you probably don't know that the name may be new, but the concept has long roots. Doctors James McKenna, director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory, and Lee Gettler, director of the Hormones, Health, and Human Behavior Laboratory, both at the University of Notre Dame, coined the term "breastsleeping" in a peer-reviewed commentary piece in the journal Acta Paediatrica titled, "There is No Such Thing as Infant Sleep, There is No Such Thing as Breastfeeding, There is Only Breastsleeping." In other words, moms who are bed-sharing and breastfeeding are already "breastsleeping." The anthropologists argued that breastsleeping can be done safely, as long as the rules for bed-sharing are applied, and this will help everyone get more rest.
Here are some was your baby gets a better night's sleep when you breastsleep.