I keep a sippy cup of water by the bed and if they wake up at night or early hours of the morning I will try to get them to take that instead. If they won't take it and want to nurse, I will cuddle with them and pat their back until they fall back to sleep (2 minutes total usually). Most of the time it works at night, but they refuse it in the morning and shout "NO! MILK!!" They aren't interested in water, cuddling, patting, nothing except nursing.
I'm out of ideas! I always end up giving in because the more things I try the louder the screaming baby gets and I don't want them to wake up their other siblings so early! I'm starting to feel desperate. I keep getting sick because my body is just worn down from the years of sleep deprivation and it's not working for me. I'm even starting to get comments that I should wean them completely, but I think just at night would make me feel a lot better.
What worked for you? Any ideas welcome!