I am in the early planning stages to nightwean my daughter. Right now she is only 11 months, but I want to have a good idea of what the hell I'm doing when I try and implement this plan in a couple months. I've read up on numerous strategies, mostly Dr. Gordon and also Dana Obleman's "Sleep Sense." I'm not ambitious enough to think that she'll all of a sudden start STTN, but I would like to start sleeping for longer stretches. Currently, she wakes up about every 1-2 hours to nurse. She starts her night in her crib next to our bed (around 7:30), but sleeps with us from about 12 until morning (which, for her, is usually somewhere between 5:30 and 6:30am).
My main question is this: I work 40 hours/week. She goes to daycare three of these days, and my husband stays home with her the other two days. I hate working so much because I only get to spend quality time with her for a few hours in the evening (between 4-bedtime). Is it just totally unrealistic for me to even think about nightweaning? I've read a lot about how children of working mothers need that night nursing so much MORE because they don't get it during the day (she takes 2 bottles of expressed breastmilk while I'm working). The LAST thing I want nightweaning to do is speed up the general weaning process. I LOVE BREASTFEEDING and so does she. However, I would still like to get some solid sleep. I feel like a zombie most of the time.
ANY ADVICE from other Mom's who have nightweaned? Especially working moms? I need some wisdom here!
Thanks in advance!