Re: started solids at 6 months but baby still prefers breast
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It actually sounds like you are succeeding very well. You've breastfed exclusively for 6 months, and your baby is interested in solids if you allow him to self-feed. It sounds like the only problem you have is that he doesn't like the spoon, and even though a lot of people don't realize this, many babies do not like to be spoon-fed! My first baby was that way; if a spoon came towards her mouth she would purse her lips and bat the spoon away, sending puréed food splattering across the wall. The best thing you can do, IMO, is to put the spoon away and allow your child to self-feed. Just put some healthy solids on his tray and let him get them into his own mouth. He's still so little that it does not matter whether or not he actually eats the solids. Until a year, breastmilk alone is capable of meeting all a baby's nutritional needs, and solids are just for fun with new tastes, textures, and motor skills. So if the baby eats some solids, great! And if he tastes some solids and then spits them out, still great! And if he refuses to even taste the solids and prefers to mush them with his hands, that's still great because at least he had a fun learning experience.
Don't stress, mama. It sounds like everything is going just fine!
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