n. The practice of sharing a bed with an infant as an aid to breastfeeding.
Other Forms
Babies need to be nursed both day and night. Mothers and babies need sleep. Ergo, breastsleeping.
—“Breastsleeping — New word, Old concept,” DONA International, October 07, 2015
In a peer-reviewed report published in Acta Paediatrica, McKenna argues that we should return to "breastsleeping," the act of combining breastfeeding with infant sleep, a co-sleeping model that mothers around the world have been practicing for thousands of years.
—Erin Schumaker, “Why One Researcher Thinks Mothers And Infants Should Share Beds,” Healthy Living Editor, The Huffington Post, October 06, 2015
Recently Mobbs et al. 2015 describe the need for, and benefits of, immediate and sustained contact, including cosleeping, to establish an appropriate foundation for optimal human infant breastfeeding, neonatal attachment and brain growth. To further support this model we propose a new concept, ‘breastsleeping’, aimed to help both resolve the bedsharing debate and to distinguish the significant differences (and associated advantages) of the breastfeeding-bedsharing dyad when compared with the non-breastfeeding-bedsharing situations, when the combination of breastfeeding-bedsharing is practiced in the absence of all known hazardous factors.
—James J. McKenna & Lee T. Gettler, “There is no such thing as infant sleep, there is no such thing as breastfeeding, there is only breastsleeping,” Acta Paediatrica, August 23, 2015
2014 (earliest)
#breastsleeping #liquidgold @OzBreastfeeding new words with Dr McKenna
—Natalie Gardiner, “#breastsleeping…,” Twitter, August 01, 2014