Just wondering if anyone can put my mind at ease with their stories about co-sleeping with a newborn? My three week old daughter is sleeping side by side with me (I often fall asleep while breastfeeding her) and we're both sleeping well. The nights are fine but by day I am wrecked with guilt that I'm going to smother her.
I've followed all the advice, there's no heavy bedding, I'm not overweight and I'm not touching a drop of alcohol. We have a king-size bed, my husband sleeps in his own bedding and I've created a barrier so she can't fall out...
I was just relaxing about it when a friend came by today (she works in a maternity hospital) and said, basically, co-sleeping is a big no no etc etc. They had a new mother there who fell asleep and smothered her newborn.
I get that in hospital they don't encourage it, because mums are so tired after labour, but am I really putting my baby at risk my sleeping with her at my breast?
It feels so natural - you can't imagine nature really designed the system so mothers would spend great portions of their nights nursing out of bed, rocking the baby back to sleep and then leaving it to sleep alone a few hours before doing it all again.
But I can't stop stressing about it.