Night nursing every 45 minutes all night long!
My first DD nursed constantly, day and night. I will remember the sleep deprivation period for the rest of my life. She was at times, for very long periods, nursing every 45 min, waking to do this up to 15 times a night. I tried everything from keeping her awake as long as possible during the day and nursing more to fill her up. She always "tanked up" for 30 and 45 min. on each side during the day, so it wasn't a lack of nourishment. It was habit. I believe she is gifted as well, very talented and bright. The only thing I could do was to wean her early or wait it out. I waited it out for 2 1/2 years and finally weaned her after her sister was born. She was a constant nurser and night waking child, and eventually after being weaned she began having night terrors and sleepwalking issues which she still has at age 9. When she does sleep it is good. She is doing much better than I hoped. Her sister also had similar issues with night nursing, but I figured at that point there would be no sleep for me until she was at least 2, which is when I weaned her. Every child is different. We co-slept as well. Not sure I would do it all over again, because I was so tired that I became a mom who needed sleep to be a better mom. What is a better mom? A happier mom who is rested? I've never heard of such a thing, especially if you breastfeed. My friends who formula fed made me feel jealous of how energetic they were. But, I couldn't get past my baby not having a mama's milk, so I persevered. We all need to do the right thing based on what you feel is right. Just know that I know how hard it is for you and that you WILL eventually get rest :)