Helen has 2 daughters, ages 24 and 20 years old. She did breastfeed both of her babies and tells us that it was a very important experience for her and it really formed a lot of her thinking about the research that she did in the early days.
Bed sharing is having the babies sleep in the same bed as the adults. This is what I did.when my kids were young. I didn't know it at the time because it just seemed right and it helped me get some much needed rest, however, Bed sharing was very common up to the 19th century. People use to sleep in very close quarters to each other, places were small, sleeping with each other kept people warm at night. What changed? Houses got bigger, babies were given their own room, the baby crib industry grew and more and more babies were put in their own crib. In the scheme of things, meaning bed sharing has been happening since the beginning of time, This nightime habit is relatively news. Bed sharing and co-sleeping has been shown to save babies lives, promotes bonding,and enables parents to get more sleep.
Your baby is now 4-5 days old. You are just beginning to get the hang of breastfeeding. Sure you might feel awkward with it all, however, you are now getting use to a baby feeding at your breast 8 times a day. You are continuing to experiment with different positions to find which ones seem to work best for you and your baby. In some places you will find you need to use a pillow and a stool. Other places where you breastfeed, your set up will be different
Bed-sharing is just one of the ways that a family might co-sleep, but it is frequently practiced by breastfeeding mothers. One of the biggest issues when it comes to bed-sharing is safety. Some sources publicize bed-sharing as an unsafe practice, no matter how it’s done, but there are ways to sleep safely while bed-sharing if you follow guidelines for safe sleep surfaces and safe sleep sharing