My daughter Sabrina is 15 months old and she is generally a good eater, but we have a serious problem with her night waking. She has never slept through the night. I was trying to follow contented baby routine since she was born but having a five-year-old son too, feed and nap times were varying every day. She was exclusively breastfed until 6 months old and although she weaned to solids without any problems she was refusing to drink from a bottle or a beaker. Managed to teach her to drink from a beaker during the day but unfortunately she was and still is breast feeding during the night. She wakes up a few times a night (from 2 to 8 times) and screams until I feed her or if it is my husband she can settle with a dummy instead. Her breast feeds were always exceptionally quick (5-15min) so to this day it is hard to judge whether it is out of hunger or not. She doesn't drink much during the day from a beaker and refuses it during the night. We are in a vicious circle I don't know how to get out of it now. I'm aware that she is waking up out of habit as she is waiting for us to settle her back to sleep. She sleeps in her cot in our bedroom but when nothing is helping to get her back to sleep we would take her to our bed occasionally. Her excessive night waking has increased since I went back to work in March 2014 and weaned her off day breast feeds.
The other thing I need to mention is that she has been sleeping with a dummy since she was about 5 months old. This seemed to soothe her so well both during the night and during the day that we just find it very often life saving. I'm aware that she has developed bad habits but just don't know how to break them anymore. We are at our wits end from exhaustion and unfortunately it affects us as a family more and more. I'm willing to take control over it but please advise me how to do it responsibly and effectively.