Many people do not understand how beneficial and biologically normal breastfeeding and bed-sharing is. Often times, a mom is confused as to why her baby suddenly wakes from a deep sleep, as soon as she sets baby down. It isn't a baby manipulating, it's not a baby testing you, and it's definitely not starting, "bad habits" when you stay near your baby because that's what baby needed from you. Breastfeeding baby to sleep is normal , not a habit you need to worry about trying to break , in fact, it's a habit that should be embraced. I have listed 11 reasons as to why breastfeeding and bed sharing is beneficial to both mom and baby. Now bed sharing & breastfeeding only works when it's mutually desired. If bed sharing isn't something you're comfortable with doing that's okay too!
1.) I get to be close to my baby and meet every single need all throughout the night, without even having to get out of bed.
2.) I don't have to get out of bed to make any bottles, just sleep with a boob or two out and baby manages to get it in his mouth.
3.) It stops baby from fully waking because I'm able to soothe him immediately. We call it, "Dream feeding" the state in which baby is not fully awake, not fully asleep, and latches on to my boob which soothes him back into deep slumber.
4.) My baby and I just have an overall amazing night sleep when we share a bed. It brings me comfort knowing baby is right next to me and of course baby feels safe and secure having me there.
5.) Breastfeeding is the only way I can get my baby to fall asleep.
6.) I am the pacifier , I am what pacifies and soothes my baby. My baby needs comfort and soothing all through the night so it just makes sense that the only "thing" that can soothe him remains right by his side all throughout the night.
7.) I'm able to maintain my milk supply by keeping my boobs available 24/7. No breaks for these milk machines.
8.) Sleeping with my baby lowers the risk of SIDS by as much as 50%. (AAP)
9.) Breastfeeding releases Prolactin which helps me relax and doze off to sleep easier. (KellyMom)
10.) My baby will not sleep without me.
11.) I get to wake up to baby smiles and cuddles, who doesn't like that?
Bed sharing and breastfeeding is what works best for us. I can't see it going any other way!
Practice safe bed sharing , read up on how here...