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#1 of 13 Old 05-09-2007, 09:47 PM - Thread Starter
 
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OK, so I am getting frustrated. I can not be in the same room as our 7 month old son, because when he is breast-feeding, and i say something he stares at me. He is not giving me a mean stare, or a loving stare. It is more like a "Where did you come from Daddy" look.

I thought it was funny for a little bit, but lately it is getting both I and Mommy kind of confused. Anyone else suffered from "Easily distracted breast-feeding, I love Daddy" Baby.::
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It's that age and it'll pass in a few months...all my babies did that. Drives my DH nuts! (cause i'm always shooshing him)

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Sorry, not a dad here, but I agree that it's the age.

At this age, babies are soooo very curious about the world around them that distractions are everywhere! Take heart in the fact that even if your ds was being bottle fed (and I'm glad he's not!) he'd be doing the exact same thing. It'll pass!

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NAK

Not a daddy, but a mama with a 7-month-old that does the exact same thing. Dh gets a little frustrated with it too... I'm always telling him "Stop being interesting! She needs to finish eating!" (this is usually when he's doing something quiet like tying his shoes on the other side of the room... : even my typing now has made her pop off a few times!)

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Also not a daddy, but I agree with the pp's--it's pretty common. For us, the worst is bedtime. Daddy can NOT be in the room when dd goes to sleep because instead of nursing down as she does when she is alone with me, she pulls off to go climb on daddy, show him books, point to his nose, then to her nose, then show him her bellybutton, than pull on his ears, etc. You get the point. Daddy is defintely a distraction to her which can be pretty frustrating, especially when daddy is also tired and wants to lie down.

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ds is 9mo and for a couple monthes now dh has been trying to hide when I feed, avoid speaking etc... appoologizing for distracting etc.

it happens, its frustrating for momma, me but it is what it is...

this too shall pass

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Not a Dad either, but we tried everything with our DD. DH would stand in the doorway and try to use some sort of sign language to ask his question. I would try not to nod or shake my head, but DD would look up at me, then follow my eyes and discover Daddy standing there! We weren't too smooth
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Ella does the same thing. If I do something that she hears or sees she pops off and stares at me. I personnally think its adorable. I will start playing with her and she laughs and goes right back to eating. She has started making a game out of it. Not sure how the mrs feels about it.
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I will say that young babies also recognize daddy as the "deeper voice". I mean the baby will recognize you by your voice and little else in the beginning.. You could probably go in the room, just don't talk till the baby is done.. Or just for fun, try changing your voice alittle bit to a higher pitched tone. With a shot...
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I nearly lost my nipple a few times to this phase DH got good at peaking into a room first to see if we were nursing if things were quiet...then he'd try to sneak in or just wait. Fortunately we are now (mostly) through this one, though the little man still gets distracted by daddy at times. Could be worse!

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My DD is seven months old, too, and does this as well. As you can see from all the other posts, it's definitely normal. DD will latch on, then when something else is going on, she pops off, hangs her head off my lap backwards to look around for a while, then sits up and latches on again. This happens when DP comes in the room, when the cat walks by or when the sun shines in the window differently. They are just curious at this age.
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I nearly lost my nipple a few times to this phase DH got good at peaking into a room first to see if we were nursing if things were quiet...then he'd try to sneak in or just wait. Fortunately we are now (mostly) through this one, though the little man still gets distracted by daddy at times. Could be worse!
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If they actually let go, it is not so bad. It was the trying to look around with the nipple still in the mouth that I hated!

And as EVC said, having us both in the same room at bedtime is bad, too. She likes to play back and forth, not actually intending to go to sleep with either one of us!

As pp noted, this too shall pass. Don't take it personally, just tippy toe a little longer!

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Yup, have to chime in as a mother of a seven month old, we've definitely got the syndrome!

When I nurse DS going to sleep, and DH is lying on his other side, DS reaches back with his free hand to make sure DH is there, and every. single. time. DH does ANYTHING, he turns around to find out what it was. DH was worried it might be because he was gone for about a month with one short visit in the middle and DS was VERY clingy when he came back, but he's gotten over the rest of the clinginess -- he just needs to know what's happening behind him.
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