Re: Do I need to wean my baby?
Do you want to wean because you want to get pregnant again? That's totally not beyond the scope of the forum- we talk about stuff like that all the time! And if you do want to wean due to wanting to have another baby, what sort of gap in between kids is ideal for you, and what is too much time?
Once you're going 6+ hours without nursing or pumping- and it doesn't matter if these are daytime hours or nighttime ones- you are very likely to get your period back within a month or two. Also, once a baby is eati lots of solids and really reducing her dependence on your milk, you're likely to get your fertility back. And the average time for return of fertility for a breastfeeding mom is around 15.5 months. I'm thinking that with the reduced daytime nursing, the fact that your LO is probably eating a lot of solids, and the fact that she's already 13 months old, you're likely to see your period return in a month or two even if you do absolutely nothing further to encourage it.
Of course, there is a small percentage of women who do not get their fertility back until their babies are completely or almost completely weaned. It's pretty rare but it does happen. So if you really need to speed up your timetable for the return of fertility, it might make sense to actively try to cut out those night sessions and see what happens. But, again, I doubt that you really need to do that as a first step.
ETA: if you have a reason for wanting your period back that is really beyond the scope of the forum, I totally understand. And if it's a relationship issue, the is a "Relationships and Sexuality" forum here that you can request to join. It's only available to members who have been approved to join it, so it's not as "public" as the forum at large.
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