your baby will wake you when they're ready to eat and fall asleep when they're done. it's really very simple. just follow they're lead. good luck. i'm sure you'll find it's much easier at night.
Try this to start, and adjust it as you go:
Put your baby in the middle of the bed, so that his head is level with where your breast would be. Then lay down on your side next to him, and he should turn his head toward you (talk to him if he doesn't, and he should). Open your nursing bra, or don't wear a bra, and hold your breast around the top and bottom (so that the top isn't blocking his nostrils and he can breathe). He should start eating, and it's really comfortable for you and him, so he'll sleep that way!
I don't even know when my son eats at night. I wake up with my boob out and he's happily dripping from his mouth in the morning. Lol. I <3 co-sleeping!
Kaiti, in with Shane, astrological mama to Sophie *12.27.05*, Maya *09.25.07*, Phoenix *08.23.09* & due *12.04.11* Having a after 3 cesareans!
Once you master it, you may find yourself wondering how you ever managed any other way. Side-lying remained my favorite nursing position, all the way up until toddlerhood. I find it hard to wrap my head around how I would have managed not to just drop dead from sleeplessness, if I hadn't figured this out right at the start.
I had twins, so switching sides wasn't an issue for us. I just rolled back and forth to whichever baby needed me. But with one baby, you might want to try to remember to switch once or twice a night. Just move baby over to the other side of you, or move yourself to the other side of baby.
At first, like some of the other posters wrote, you have to hold your breast away from their nostril so they don't have their nostril blocked and can't breathe. However, now my little guy(3 1/2 months) has it down and can nurse without my help. I usually just aim him in the right direction and go to sleep. Occasionally he has latched on to the wrong area and given me a hickey, but trust me you will feel him doing that QUICKLY and stop it.
Even if it seems uncomfortable at first, keep trying. It will eventually become more comfortable and you will then wonder how you spent all this time sitting up at night nursing when you could have been resting.
Good luck Mama!!!
Jen-loving Bill, mama to Teryn 18, Kalyn 16, Ricky 13, Natalie 5, Angel Zoe '07 and Amelia Rae 22 mos bonus kids (dss) W 14, W 13 NEW grandbaby due 10/10/11