Re: nightweaning, toddler nursing, and other things
I kind of did sort of the opposite of the Jay Gordon method -- which is I set some limits like "unless there's really a problem (illness, bad day) I am not nursing before 10:30 p.m. or after 5:00 a.m." I think I read that idea in Dr. Sears' Baby Book. Bedtimes were about 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. and wakeup anywhere from 6:30 to 7:00. DH would handle the first wakeup, because she was generally easier to get to sleep for that one. If that didn't work, then I'd usually nurse her (one of the exceptions). Then as LO got older she started sleeping a little later before her first wake-up at night, sometimes taking her way past 10:30 or 11:00. The morning one was tougher, because sometimes she wouldn't rest or go to sleep without nursing. But the nursing didn't often fix that in the end -- if she was up, she was up. I know that doesn't entirely decrease your problem, but I found that worked better for us -- it made more sense to me than having blocks in the middle of the night where tantrums might happen.
Also, my LO just weaned herself while I was pregnant (she's 27 months), but with no fuss or difficulty. She just seemed uninterested in it anymore. She hasn't nursed in a couple days now, but I expect she might still once or twice a week. But I know it's not so easy for everyone!
Mom to my sweet little "Pooper," born 10/12/11, and "Baby Brother," born 6/23/2014, and married to heavy metal husband. Working more than full-time, making healthy vegetarian meals for family, and trying to keep up with exercise routine.