this is new territory for me even though this is my 3 child. my first 2 were introduced to solids around 9 months and did fine. although the self weaned shortly after they turned one because they were eating a good amount of solids. with this baby we waited till just after 10 months and she still doesn't want to eat! we've tried bananas and she threw up all over our bed a few hours later so no more bananas. we tried "normal" things for first foods and she would gag and even throw up the food (even threw up applesauce and the "bite" was smaller than a pea!). so we slowly would give her small bites and 98% of the time we might get one bite in (and this is still smaller than a pea) and then she flat out refuses anything else. she'll clamp her mouth closed and turn her head and after a few minutes she'll yell at me! but yet she'll open her mouth wide for me to brush her teeth! at her 1 yr checkup the doc suggested we just keep trying each day and if my 15 months she's still not eating she wants to refer us to an eating specialist. i don't really see the point in such a small babe- i mean she won't be nursing at 10 yrs old! BUT i do want her to start learning how to eat. it's almost as if she doesn't know what to do with the small bites i do manage to get in her mouth. first of all she opens her mouth only a little. i hurry and get the spoon in and she manages to spit it out- sometimes it looks like she's not doing it on purpose either. she'll open her mouth for crumbs of bread but they literally have to me crumbs. last week at church a friend gave her a piece that was a tad bigger than a regular crumb and babe proceeded to vomit ALL over her!!!! down her blouse and everything! it's not specifically a texture thing- she will nibble at blackberries and cherries. she usually just eats about a 1/2 of a blackberry. if she eats a whole one in 1 day that's a LOT for her. she nibbled a small piece of brocolli once. but she just refuses to eat. she nurses a lot and if you were to see her you would have no idea the child doesn't eat. people will ask a question and if i say "oh she doesn't eat foods yet" they look so surprised and then look at her chubby face and legs and say "well you must have some good milk cause she sure isn't starving!" and it does make me feel good. i just want her to learn how to eat! what else can i do? the child can't live on a 1/2 a blackberry every day! i've tried giving her pieces she can pick up but she doesn't put anything in her mouth- she plays with it, smears it and throws it on the floor. we don't do dairy (had a terrible reaction to the frosting on her homemade first birthday cake and will have a bad day/night and spit up STILL if i eat dairy) or citrus (broke out in hives after sucking on my piece). and i still have not tried bananas again for fear that she had some reaction to that too with the vomiting. what else can i do for her? if i just wait for her to show interest and ability to chew and swallow i'll be waiting for another year!!! is breast milk (and i still take my prenatal vitamins and eat pretty good) enough for her to thrive on at 14 months old? will she be lacking in anything? doc did check her iron at 1 yr and she was fine.