Hi ladies, just want a little feedback on the solids front -- if we're on the right track and if there's anything more/different we should be doing?
At 6 mos we started offering purees and softened/slightly mashed fruits and veggies (we tried avocado, banana, sweet potato, apple, pear, peach, mango). We tried them straight, and mixed with BM; we tried them on a spoon, on my finger, and on his tray letting him play in them. Very little interest, not even as a sensory experience, although he likes playing with the spoon. (I kind of feel like Sam I Am -- “In a spoon, on a tray, try them mashed, try a puree … I do not like them Sam I Say!”). We realized he didn't want the mushy stuff and didn’t want to be spoon fed, so once the pincer grasp was developed a few months ago, we fell into a BLS style approach, beginning with small dices, then later wedges, of soft fruits. Recently I've been giving him tastes of table food off my plate. He seems put off by the touch of a lot of it, and whenever a taste made it past his lips (mostly because he would lick his fingers or spoon after it touched the food, not because he put it in his mouth on purpose), he would get pretty angry about it! I wondered if he just needed more tastes of the food to get past the newness of the flavors, so I just kept sitting him with me while I ate my meals and gave him the opportunity to play with the foods and spoon in his highchair, and figured he would change his mind about the foods eventually. I was also sending a little bit of solids with him to daycare every day so that he would get daily opportunities to play/taste there as well.
So now he is 11 mos, and over the past few weeks, he has taken a slight interest in three things: smushed fresh blueberries, cheerios (he likes to crunch them - he has 8 teeth), and most surprisingly, MEAT (shreds of chicken and brisket, ground meats, etc.) Meanwhile his reaction to the taste of those three foods has changed from being angry/upset about it to more like surprise and curiosity, but still not enjoyment. He doesn’t swallow any of it … he sucks on it, sometimes gags, and always spits them out. So he is still 100% BF between nursing at home & bottles of EBM at daycare, with no end in sight for pumping for me :-/
I’m just wondering if any other mamas here had a similar slow progress with solids for their babies, and what is a realistic expectation for when he might eventually decide to swallow the food, instead of spitting it out. Also, I thought breastfed babies were supposed to like sweet things, but he seems to have a preference for the savory stuff -- should I keep offering the fruits and veggies (and likewise, the textures he seems to dislike) in the hopes that he develops an interest for them, or just go with the meat thing for now? How closely related are these early behaviors with solids and future eating habits (is this an indication that I’ll have a picky eater on my hands?). Thanks for your thoughts!