I have a 7.5mnth old dear daughter! She was 8lb 6oz at birth and at her last weigh-in about 10days ago she was in the 97th%ile.. Her weight has been steadily increasing with her height and age. So weight wise, there are definitely no problems. She is fully breastfed.
I started her on solids when she was about 4 months with rice cereal at first, because she seemed like she needed something more, and I was quietly hoping it would improve her constant feeding at night (which I've realised now, is more about comfort and separation anxiety than food). After a weigh in, I decided against continuing the solids, since her weight was great and she just wasn't keen. AT ALL. It was a stressful experience for both of us. So I left it.
At 5.5 months she was trying to grab things off my plate etc. So I thought I would try the solids again, and by solids I mean purees, I have tried both homemade with ebm and bought ones. She is now 7.5 months old and I CANNOT get her to take them. I have persisted and have been offering them every day. As soon as the spoon gets near her mouth she blows a huge raspberry and it just goes everywhere. If I manage to get one in her mouth, she spits it all back out anyway. I've tried all different flavours and textures. My mum said I was exactly the same and went straight to finger food.
10 days ago I saw the MCHN and she basically implied that I'm nutritionally depriving my child, that my milk isn't enough for her. I was so incredibly upset. I felt like some terrible mother who is not feeding her child enough. Which is absurd since my daughter has the chubbiest thighs in the world! Lol. And that it's my fault that she's not sleeping through because I'm not feeding her enough (which I retorted that she is NOT feeding at night, she's suckling and using me as a dummy, there is no swallowing happening at all!). She is so happy through the day, like ridiculously happy. She only fusses when she's ready for a nap or her teeth are bothering her. So I'm following my better instinct by letting her take the lead.
So the last few days I have tried Baby Led Weaning...and my god! She is much happier to munch on things herself than have it shoved down her throat. She chooses what she eats and it is just ten times easier! So I have a couple of questions!
What can I feed her? Everything basically? As long as it's the right size and soft enough for her to gummy chomp? What about spices/herbs/seasoning etc. Obviously no salt or chili lol.
And secondly, AM I depriving her nutritionally by not pushing the solids? Is my milk enough for her if we have this continuing battle over food (which I think is over since I've been BLW)? I've read the sticky on BLW and she does not fall into any of the categories regarding low iron stores.