If you're a new mom, you'd probably kill for a few extra minutes of sleep. Who am I kidding? Minutes are nowhere near enough to battle the sheer exhaustion that comes from weeks of interrupted sleep. Many breastfeeding moms have learned to cope with the night feedings by breastsleeping. If you are at your wit's end, and are thinking about bringing your baby into bed with you, there are some breastsleeping tips straight from a lactation consultant that can help keep your baby safe.
If you've never heard the term breastsleeping, it's simply a new name for something that breastfeeding moms have done since the beginning of time. Dr. James McKenna, director of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory, and Dr. 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." Basically, breastsleeping is another way to say breastfeeding while bed-sharing. In thier piece, they argued that breastsleeping can be done safely, as long as parents apply the rules for bed-sharing.
Romper chatted with some International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who shared these tips for moms considering breastsleeping.