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Whenever moms are given contradictory information, there is always controversy. Hopefully, this article will help you understand why lactation consultants and breastfeeding advocates recommend co-sleeping. In over two decades of helping nursing mothers, my philosophy has always been that the same instincts that keep you from rolling off the bed, keep you from rolling onto the baby. Having said that, there are precautions that you should take when co-sleeping such as not using a couch that has deep crevices where a baby could have their airway restricted. The best place for co-sleeping is on a firm mattress. Scare tactics showing a tombstone headboard on the bed, are just not accurate. There are times you should not co-sleep however and those are if the mother's natural systems are compromised in any way such as drugs or alcohol. Using sleep aides or other over-the-counter or prescription medications would also not be advisable when co-sleeping.