My 11 month old has been waking 8+ times a night for 2 months and I am ready to completely go insane! Last night I had just had it so I refused to nurse her. I decided I would not nurse from 11 pm until 4 am. But when I tried just holding her and rocking her when she woke at 12 she freaked and wanted to nurse. So I put her back in her crib and left for a minute to get my bearings. When I came back in I told her to lay back down (she was standing up) and gently laid her back down. She laid there and I patted her back. Then I sat beside her and everytime she lifted her head I would say "lay back down" and if she didn't listen I would gently put her back down. It took TWO hours but she finally went to sleep on her own. When she woke at 4:15 (a 2 hour stretch of sleep, yay!) I nursed her as usually and she went back to sleep and then woke at 5:45 and nursed and then up at 7:00 am for the day. Do you think I've totally confused her now lettting her nurse at 4 but not earlier? Would it be possible to partially nightwean, say between 11 and 4 to start (eventually I'd like to move it further like say 10-5) or will that just send mixed messages? Will she eventually get the message that she can't nurse between 11 and 4 and start sleeping? I know if I try and do this (if you even think it could work) I will be getting LESS sleep for awhile because I have to sit beside her bed for hours to get her to go to sleep by herself. At least this is a gentle way and not CIO. I just sat there and laid my head against the bars. Yawn! So what do you think?