Yesterday, 11:13 PM
I understand- with my third child, I was so hesitant to introduce solids my husband finally did it. I am not sure what it is about, for me it was partly about not wanting to see my baby grow up and partly, I did not want to deal with the mess!
I suggest two books- Baby Led Weaning (It actually is about solid introduction, not weaning) and My Child Won't Eat, which gives a very healthy and realistic perspective on the whole solids thing (when, how much, why, etc.- or rather, it is about why many of the 'rules' about solid introduction are actually not rules at all.)
Offering solids here and there- it need not be every day, even, but even if it was, is unlikely to harm your baby or your breastfeeding relationship! That is only likely to happen if solids are pushed on baby too early, too often or in too large amounts, or perhaps if liquids such as juice or (other) milk is used or even water is overused. You are right, baby can probably continue living and thriving entirely on breastmilk, but around this age is usually a great time to slowly and gently 'introduce' solids so baby can slowly and gradually learn to eat a healthy variety of foods.
On the other hand, I am a big believer in mother instinct. Why are you hesitant to introduce solids? Maybe your concerns have merit and should be explored.
I would also add that sometimes what baby is wanting is the social interaction of the dinner table and to mimic the eating movements of other family members, and baby...