I had a next2me and I couldn't bf while the baby was in there but it was super handy to be able to pop her back in there afterwards (also had a sleepyhead) and rest my hand on her so she knew I was there.
My baby is 8 weeks now, really pleased with the next2me - she won’t sleep in it alone yet, she’s in a sleepy head inside the next to me. It just means I can lift her out to feed and pop her back in really easily. Also means I can hold her little hand as she drops off, she tends to hit herself in the face and wake herself up otherwise!
I would bf her then would be really easy to get her back in her bed without too much trouble the lay really close holding her hand. I miss her being in the chicco. Shes one now and in her own room... night wakes were so much easier when I didnt have to get up.
I have a Next2Me and I just sort of lean over to feed. You need to put a pillow over the join between cot and bed, the edge of the cot is really sharp!
I often sit and read in bed with the cot side down in the evenings, and DS seems to sleep better knowing I’m there. It’s also really handy for putting them back to bed if they’ve needed a cuddle overnight, especially after c-section when you can’t really twist or lift much.
I do always put the sides up when I’m actually sleeping - DS tries to get at us (you can hear him clawing at the mesh cot sides in the night) and I worry he’ll get stuck if I leave the side down. Probably paranoia.