There are lots of things you may well not know about breastfeeding until you try it and at some point I will probably write a post about the things you need to know (although I’m sure that’s been covered by others already), but I wrote this post first because there were some things that caught me out. As a breastfeeder of going on 4 years’ experience now, and an experienced peer supporter I am well versed in a lot of the ins and outs of breastfeeding, but when I’m talking to first-timers (and sometimes even second and third timers) there are a few things I always try to tell them, because I remember them being a big surprise to me, or not even realising they were breastfeeding related! Number 3 in particular took me a good few weeks to work out – who knew?!
This started out as yet another “5 stupid things…” post (see ‘babywearing’ and ‘breastfeeding’), but once I started listing the questions I realised they weren’t so much stupid as ignorant about co-sleeping and instead of venting my stored-up sarky responses perhaps it might be helpful to actually address some of the most common concerns I hear mentioned. However, this is me and I do have a sharp tongue when writing, so expect the odd drop of sarcasm here and there, it’s just the way I roll. So if you want to know about how to make co-sleeping safe, or how to have sex whilst the result of your last encounter snores gently beside you then perhaps you might find an answer or two below… And for the purposes of accuracy, I am referring specifically to bedsharing, as co-sleeping technically just means sleeping in the same room as your baby.
In the game of parenting there are two sides – parents versus kids. In this situation it is vital that you keep your game face on and work as a team to overcome the relentless onslaught brought by the other side. The last you thing you need is to turn on each other – parents need to work together! In aid of that happy harmony which will enable you to march to victory, I present a few of the key things to avoid saying or doing to your co-parent, lest you wind up locked in the playpen with the toddler (at best).