Breastsleeping isn't a new phenomenon, but it's gained a lot of popularity lately as parents look to it as a way for both them and their baby to get more sleep at night. But even though it's a very natural thing to do, there are some place it's not safe to breastsleep, no matter how careful you think you're being.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended co-sleeping, but not bed-sharing, and has noted that bed-sharing is the greatest risk factor for sleep related infant deaths. But breastsleeping is still considered a safe option, as long as you follow safe guidelines. Dr. Cecilia Tomori, anthropologist with postdoctoral training in public health, Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and author of Nighttime Breastfeeding: An American Cultural Dilemmatells Romper, that "the context of sleep and its environment is key here." She notes that McKenna and Gettler, the researchers behind breastsleeping, are discussing the arrangement as if it is being practiced "in the absence of all known hazardous factors."
But that doesn't mean anywhere without pillows and blankets is a safe choice. There are nine places where it is not safe to breastsleep, so make note of them if you've decided to adopt the practice.