Hello, I have a 7 month old boy. He was born 4 weeks early weighing 4lb 13oz, but healthy. He came home at 3 days old feeding every 30 mins-1 hour, falling asleep at the breast.This was due to his small size and a tongue tie, so he tired very easily and spent more effort feeding than he needed too...as a consequence we co-slept and bed shared for quite some time until I diagnosed his tongue tie and it eventually got snipped at about 14 weeks
Because he was feeding so frequently and was so small he too could only sleep on someones chest for many weeks,and at night he slept in the crook of my arm with his cot pushed up to our bed and the side off so he couldn't fall out of ours.
I was gradually, ( over a few weeks) able to slip my arm out and slide him slightly up the bed so he was eye level with me,( I'm using a small square sofa cushion as a pillow so he can't accidentally slide up under a normal pillow), and he would sleep for 3-4 hours like that.
I'm happy to say that after the 3 month mark he started to settle and now nurses to sleep at 8pm, I lay him down in his cot with a fan on nearby, ( to keep the room cool in this weather and the white noise is good too), and he will go for 4 or 8 hours, ( he's teething so some nights are not so good )quick top-up feed where he doesn't even open his eyes properly, and then goes back off until I wake him between 7-8am. During the day he will have 4 or 5 naps for 30 mins-1 hour at a time, where he nurses to sleep then I lay him down.
3+ months ago I was exhausted, crying and getting depressed due to the lack of sleep. I felt like a big failure. Especially seeing as I have an 8 yr old girl and she was a great baby, sleeping 6 hours at 8 weeks old!
It has got better though, so hang in there Mummy, you're doing a great job, and this bit won't last forever...soon they'll be too big to hold while they're asleep