Although bed-sharing was long labeled as unsafe and dismissed as "bad parenting" by most official parenting guidance, in recent months, there seems to be a push towards educating parents how to safely bed-share, instead of simply dismissing it altogether. According to The Natural Child Project, bed-sharing is the norm worldwide (and has been for thousands of years, in fact), and more parents practice the sleep method in the US than you'd think.
Baby Center noted that for many parents, bed-sharing is the only way that both baby and parents can enjoy even a few hours of uninterrupted sleep. Aside from strengthening the bond between you and your baby, bed-sharing can be amazing for breastfeeding moms as well. The term "breastsleeping" was coined by the founder of the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame, with hopes to normalize bed-sharing for breastfeeding mothers, educating them about the benefits of the practice for both mothers and babies.
So if you feel that bed-sharing (or breastsleeping, or co-sleeping, or whatever you choose to call it,) is right for you and your family, making sure that you and your partner are educated on doing it safely is the first step to a great bed-sharing experience — and ultimately, a great night of sleep.