Re: Zombie mommy
First of all, the women to claim there babies have slept 10+ hours every night since 6 weeks are lying to you, or exaggerating, or have selective memory, or MAYBE they are a statistical anomaly. Seriously, forget that idea because it is a load of BS.
Let's think for a minute about your doctor's claim that 8 month old babies don't need to eat at night. He is making a generalization about baby behavior that has a huge range of normal. Forget about that "advice", too. Your baby is an individual and within the normal range of night waking. Your son is still waking up 3-4 times at night to nurse, and that is a lot of calories he is taking in at night, so yes he does need to eat at night. By attempting to night-wean cold turkey, you were asking him to shift those nighttime calories to daytime calories in one day. That is a big request for such a little guy.
You say you feel like a zombie, so maybe it is time to attempt to wean ONE of the nighttime nursing sessions. Do it slowly so he has a chance to shift his calorie intake to daytime eating and (fingers crossed) he will eventually sleep right through it. Getting one 4 hour stretch each night is going to make you feel like a new person. Good Luck!
My little man was born 12/17/2010.
Baby girl was born 4/30/2014.