Ok, so ive been trying to be a gentle, responsive parent to my DD from day 1; breastfeeding on demand and co sleeping when she needs it (currently part time co sleeping for second half of the night). I've struggled her whole life with her sleep though as she just loves comfort sucking and at 13 months old still wakes multiple times a night wanting me and my boobs. I've been waiting patiently for her sleep to naturally improve but it hasn't.
Frankly, I've had enough.
I've been considering night weaning using the Jay Gordon approach but I'm concerned that 7 hrs no breastfeeding is too long to start straight away. She's never gone that long before and if she sleeps say 4-5 hrs I'd be happy to feed her. Less than that I'd try cuddling her back to sleep but I know she will go insane and scream and thrash around. But anyway.....
Do you think doing a smaller stretch ruin the process and sabotage my efforts? Has anyone done this before?
Still so torn between waiting for her to grow out of it and night weaning now!
Bit more background....In the last month she's stopped feeding to sleep for her naps, just wouldn't fall asleep anymore so only way to get her down is in her pram. Goes insane in her cot. Still feeds to sleep at bedtime though.
Also, she's become more fidgety during the final few hours of the night, tossing and turning next to me and keeps crawling up onto me but can't get comfortable on my chest, so cries and I have to feed her again. She settles, falls asleep but a minute later starts fidgeting around and the cycle starts again. She was doing this for two hours last night, wanted to sleep but couldn't, not upset though, and ended up in her pram. Where she only slept for 45 mins. She's really tired. I wonder if I'm missing something