Rooming-in is defined as allowing the mother and infant to remain together 24 hours per day during the birth hospitalization.
Similar to skin-to-skin care, rooming-in has multiple benefits in addition to facilitating breastfeeding.
AAP recommends that
1) mothers and infants have close but separate sleep surfaces,
2) infants are placed on their backs to sleep, and
3) soft bedding and overheating should be avoided.
These safe sleep guidelines should be followed by hospitals for the duration of the birth hospitalization.
Content source: Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion