Re: Update on my progress
Oh, please don't be ashamed at caving in to the pressure from friends/family/society. It's really difficult- especially as a first-time mom- to not let the comments get to you. And even though you caved, you remained flexible and listened to your baby and to your own gut, and went back to on-demand nursing!
Most guidelines suggest introducing solids at 6 months. At first, the quantity the baby eats- if she chooses to eat anything at all- will be small. A teaspoon or two per day is sufficient to give the baby a fun new learning experience, and fun is what it's all about because solids aren't necessary for nutrition until around 12 months. So if baby eats some solids, great! And if she simply tastes them and then spits it all back out, still great. And if she won't even open her mouth, and prefers to explore the solids with her hands, still great.
So solids are just for fun, but you still want to be a little careful about timing. Offer them soon after you nurse, so that baby is still mostly full of milk and doesn't fill up on solids instead of nursing.
How you serve your baby solids is up to you. Some moms and babies are comfortable with spoon-feeding and purees. Others- like me- prefer to let their babies self-feed right from the very beginning, which is an approach called baby-led solids (lots of BLS threads here, if you're interested). Good foods for starting self-feeders can be things like boiled, shredded meats, smashed black beans, mashed steamed vegetables, O-shaped cereal, whole peeled fruits that baby can lick and gnaw, etc.
A sippy full of breastmilk or water is not necessary when you're starting out with solids. Baby can still get all her needs for liquid met by mom, provided mom is nursing on demand. Around 9-10 months, a lot of moms start offering a sippy full of water or expressed milk with meals, just to get baby used to using it. But a baby may not actually use the sippy as more than a toy until closer to a year.
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"