Successful Breastfeeding Blog
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As a lactation expert in private practice, I have spent a lot of time supporting mothers in their homes. I spent a lot of time in the spaces that are most comfortable for them, which often means helping them nurse in their beds. I have sat on HUNDREDS of different beds, supporting mothers in them by teaching them to nurse in "side lying" positions and also offering safe sleep information. I am a huge advocate for co-sleeping (an umbrella term for many forms of sleeping near a baby) and an even bigger advocate for safe bedsharing practices.
The truth is, bedsharing actually can be safe when you follow the rules, and one of the most important rules is: use a firm mattress. (Click here to learn more about bedsharing safety.) In my practice, it is rare to find a mother using a mattress that is suitable for safe bedsharing. Typically the mattresses are too soft, which creates dangerous indents for baby to roll into when laying next to baby.
Not only do you need a firm mattress for safe sleep practices, but you deserve something comfortable to get your best sleep in! We're tired enough as parents, the last thing you need is an uncomfortable mattress leading to back pain and less restful sleep. This is why I'm so excited to tell you about a mattress that is both firm enough for bedsharing AND comfortable!
Kelly Maher, CLC, CLE
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