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Sounds to me like maybe you don't actually want to totally night wean, just cut down? If so, I have some suggestions, as my dd is 7 months old and has wanted to nurse ALL night long, but for the last week, I've tried a couple of things, and she only nursed 2 times last night! God, I feel good.
When she nurses, and starts to fall asleep, I pop her off my boob so that she's falling asleep without it in her mouth. This gets her used to falling asleep with out ACTUALLY nursing at that moment.
Second, you can start to space out her feedings by 15 minutes a night, until you reach you desired time amount. Say, start the first night not feeding her more often than every three hours. If she wakes up, just pick her up and rock her back to sleep, pat her on the back, etc. I thought my dd would have a hard time with this, but surprisingly, not at all. Next night, do 3 h. 15 m. My goal was for her to get down to 2 feedings a night and it took me about a week to accomplish this, with no CRYING.
Maybe try this and see if it works for you. I just decided I was going to do it, so I went to bed early every night so that I had to energy at 4 am to actually wake up enough to rock her rather than plop a boob in her mouth like I usually did. Good luck!
Elise-mama to Zoe Lea