I am a co-sleeping mom. I never planned on it. In fact I was quite sure that Lucas was going to sleep in a cot from quite a young age…we bought a little snugglenest on the spur of the moment just before Lucas was born. Lucas’s birth didn’t go quite according to plan (we ended up having an emergency cesearean birth instead of a vaginal water birth) and so we started co-sleeping because it made breast-feeding easier.
Riaan had one full week of paternity leave and then because Entelect is an amazing company to work for…he took another two weeks of working half-days. All the while, we were three in the bed. One night when Riaan was back to work full-time I fell asleep with Lucas in my arms instead of placing him back in the nest with one of his night-time feeds.
The next night the same thing happened and so, I booted the nest out of the bed and we have been sleeping three in the bed like that ever since…with more space.
I have not been completely unaware of the controversy and the arguments against bed-sharing while also noting some of the arguments in favour of it. My main argument was that Riaan and I got much more sleep. Sleep is good. I am a fan of sleep.
So I noticed with interest when I saw an article advocating for breastsleeping.
It is nice when science validates what your gut tells you…but this parenting thing is all about going with your gut and there is just so much data, a lot of it contradictory in any case.
So, for now while it works for us we will carry on breastsleeping.