Bed-sharing, co-sleeping, breastsleeping. To a new parent, it can feel like the glossary of sleep-related parenting terms is more difficult to master than the actual task of parenting your baby. Luckily, the terms are fairly easy to demystify — some you may even use already without knowing there's an official name for it. Breastsleeping may fall in that camp. To many moms, the idea of breastsleeping is instinctual, before they even realize there have been a plethora of articles written on the subject. But, if you're new to the breastsleeping scene, there are a few things to know about breastsleeping before you give it a go for yourself.
If you feel a bit overwhelmed by the amount of info there is to ingest on the subject of breastfeeding and sleep, don't worry. This quick overview of breastsleeping will give you everything you need to know to feel comfortable trying it yourself as well as answer your top concerns about the sleep method that has been taking the internet by storm in recent months.
James McKenna, one of the leading researchers on breastsleeping stated on his site that, "there is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping." With an introduction like that, breastsleeping has become a tough topic to ignore. Since the term is here to stay, here are a few things to know before giving it a try.