I'm not sure where to post this. I am a FTM of a 4 month old. Baby girl loves to breastfeed multiple times during the night. We've been co-sleeping from the start. I never thought I'd co-sleep until I read more about it when baby girl was 3 days old and we hadn't slept at all for those first 3 days. So, I just did it out of necessity and it felt like the right thing to do. So, I've read more about the benefits and I'm very happy we started that way. But, I don't know how to decide if I should continue co-sleeping, how do you decide? Also, should I try to lessen the breastfeedings during the night? I guess I don't know what I want to do. I know that we want to try to get pregnant again after a year, so I wouldn't want baby girl still in bed with us when we have baby #2, but should I just wait until I get pregnant again to think about that or would it be easier to get her used to a crib sooner than that? I am sleeping well with her, it just might be nice if she only ate maybe 2 times a night instead of 5+ times a night. I'm not thinking about moving her to a crib yet, but just thinking about when to start that in the next year. Is it possible to co-sleep but also reduce night feedings or because she is so close to me, is that really hard to do?
I would love to breastfeed as long as possible and even if I get pregnant, to continue to breastfeed. So, I guess I have several questions. Do I have to keep breastfeeding multiple times a night in order to keep my supply up? If I try to reduce nighttime feedings, will this start the weaning process? Since I'm co-sleeping, is trying to reduce nighttime feedings pretty impossible, but only would work if she slept further away? AND, how do you decide how long your baby should sleep in the same bed? Do you just go with the flow and do what feels best at that time? I am not thinking of moving her to a crib anytime soon, but just thinking ahead about how/when I should do this.