My 8.5 month old daughter has never been a great solids eater. She is happier having finger food than food from a spoon and I am acutely aware that the amount she feeds herself or I feed her in 'finger foods' is less than what I could (sometimes) feed her with a spoon. Other babies her age seem to be eating a great deal more than her.
My question is really how much is appropriate for a baby my daughters age? I realise that there is a pretty big range of 'normal' but what some of the babies in my mothers group eat for lunch my daughter would take 2 days to eat!
On average a meal consists of a slice of tinned pear, a 1/4 of a piece of toast (sometimes with avocado spread on it) maybe a piece of cooked carrot about the size of a little finger.
Having said that though she seems to be refusing most things the last couple of days - even pear which is her favorite normally. Certainly I haven't been able to feed her anything from a spoon either, though sometimes she will have rice cereal and fruit.
I have also been trying not to BF her til after solids to encourage her to eat more - though this is not very successful either.