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DD (2 1/2 mos.) has always been easily distracted while nursing but in the last few weeks her reactions to some disturbances have become a bit exaggerated. Certain noises like someone sneezing, coughing, or talking (and that includes me) make her cry. The odd thing is that when she hears them she doesn't make her usual startled expression, instead she goes immediately to her unhappy face, so I don't think she's upset because she's been surprised. Anyone else's babe do this? Someone please tell me this is just a brief phase- it really limits where and how I can bf!
 

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Dd has been doing this for several weeks now. I think, in part, she is learning about emotions and beginning to develop her own preferences. I also think that I may have reacted to the sneeze and her cry by looking sad, so now she associates sneeze with sad.<br><br>
It has gotten better but sometimes someone sneezing from across the room will set her off.
 

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My boy has started this as well. I talk to him whn nursing but I can't nurse and talk to someone else without a sad face. This started a week or two ago.<br><br>
Sniffling does startle him though.
 

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Hmm. I wonder if she's seen me making unhappy faces. It also makes sense that she's learning about her emotions, etc. I'm sure she associates nursing with happiness, for obvious reasons, but also because she often stops while eating to stare and smile at me. Then she coos when I smile back. It makes me feel all <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love">! So maybe it just really upsets her when someone dares to interrupt her favorite thing.<br><br>
She also lets me talk to her, while anything above a whisper directed at someone else is strictly forbidden. I have to admit it kind of makes me laugh now, (but only because it's so easy to calm her when it happens.)
 

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I know my DD is not the norm but she is 8 months old and WILL NOT eat if anyone else is in the room or if there are distracting noises/voices that she can hear. I cannot talk much when she's eating but I can sing. It is SO annoying. If we're out somewhere I can't feed her just anywhere. I usually have to return to my car to feed her because she will eat there. I have tried to change this behavior but instead of breaking down and eating she just cries and cries if she's not in her "preferred eating conditions". Ugh.
 

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DS is 3 months and has been reacting to sounds a lot more. He hasnt gotten sad, but sometimes he looks completely shocked. I think they just start noticing those noises more and react. This past summer my godson, who was 7-9 months at the time, got a fire truck that played noises. At first, everytime he heard the noises his lip would shoot out and he would be sad, but then he got used to it, and now he loves his fire truck. .
 
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