After my 2nd baby, my best friend (who had come to the birth to take care of my older ds) stayed the night. She and I slept in the living room (baby was born there, I got onto the couch after he was born, and didn't want to move again) and my dh slept in our room w/ my ds1. This way, I tended to the baby, my friend tended to me (bringing me water, propping me up with pillows to nurse, etc) and my dh got a good nights sleep, so he'd be able to help me all the next day.
This was esp great b/c it was a 2nd baby, but I think it would be a great idea for a first baby too. Esp if you have a friend/relative who has children and has breastfed etc and can help you out.