I have a strange question. I am wondering how other bf mamas' LOs reacted when they were given non-mushy food. Did your LO pick up the idea of gumming it right away, or did s/he try to swallow things whole?
You can just answer, or you can read my explanation:
I am asking because of a strange experience I had today. I had a day off, and my friend brought her 8.5mo over. First of all, she had forgotten to pack a bottle, so I loaned her one. I used one that came with my Medela pump rather than one of DS's "shaped like mama" ones, but the little girl still had a hard time getting anything out (because it is a slow flow nipple & needs some real suction to work). My friend commented that usually her DD finishes a bottle in 1/2 the time it took her this morning.
We were eating, and talking about feeding babies, and I was explaining how we are doing BLS. My friend told me that she only gives her DD purees because she doesn't understand about gumming food yet. My friend thinks it's because she only has 2 teeth, but I began to wonder, because this is my third bottle-feeding friend to have a baby with this issue.
I am wondering if she doesn't know about gumming because she has barely had to work her jaw muscles to feed herself for the last 8.5 months? Of course, I didn't say anything of the sort (and I wouldn't), but I am curious to see what bf mamas' experiences with gumming food were.
My experience was that my DS was gumming food before he had any teeth.
Looking forward to hearing from other mamas, plus any advice I could pass on to my friend to help her DS figure out how to gum food!