Mine is 8 months now, and has slept about 6 hours at a clip since birth (WAIT! Don't throw things at me yet!) but has never slept well without me, would frequently only sleep doing the perma-latch thing mentioned, and for the other 3-6 hours we're in the bed, she wakes every 30-90 minutes to nurse and snuggle. And I am starting to get noises from folks who seem to think she should be night weaned??? Have they met my little dumpling, who screams as if she is being torn limb from limb when she is wrested from my arms by her own Papa?
The perma-latch thing was the most nuts inducing, so I started popping her off and letting her complain, snuggled up against me, for no more than 3 minutes or so. There is a real difference between her complaining and her crying now, so I feel confident she's OK, just annoyed. Some nights she won't accept this, though, and then I just wind up with chapped nipples.
She's 8 months old!! I get 6 hours, usually! I feel super-lucky. I think the idea that she should be going all night without me is kind of baloney at this age. Maybe some babies can, but I bet those babies are already crawling, or doing algebra or something. From about 11pm until about 6pm, many nights I'm only woken once, maybe twice, and I think this is amazing. But apparently I'm easily amazed.
I co-sleep and breastfeed, and if I'm being pushed to do something different, I just cheerfully say that I'm happy with my method, and keep smiling. Dirty looks never hurt me. Heh.