Yeah, the past two nights I have noticed a change that she only woke up once at 3am and went back to sleep easily after nursing and slept till 5:30. The previous couple of weeks she was basically nursing constantly from 3am until 7 or 8, in and out of sleep. So, maybe we are making progress.
When I put her in her crib awake she completely freaks out, so just saying I will be back won't satisfy her. When hubby isn't there I basically have to pat/rub her back for a VERY long time and normally have to nurse her 3-4 times if she doesn't fall asleep nursing. So, it ends up taking 1-2 hours, very exhausting! Hopefully, like you said, it is a stage and is only temporary! Thank you!