I just got back from our 1 year check up with DD's pediatrician. He freaked out on me about being so conservative about introducing solid foods. So far DD has some experience playing with (but not really eating): bananas, chewing on a whole apple and shredding little bits of lettuce.
Her iron levels are great. Her weight is great. She is walking and saying her first words. She breastfeeds day and night. We are both happy with the arrangement. We offer food to to her once a day but she doesn't really want it. It is more like playtime. My husband tried to offer her a spoonful of banana and she refused to be fed so we don't force it. We are much more comfortable allowing her to discover food at her pace and work out getting it into her own mouth.
My pediatrician's concern is that she needs more practice swallowing and that he wants me to start HEAVILY introducing more food. He wants to see her eating more food within the month and has scheduled a followup appointment to monitor our progress.
This feels wrong to me, but this is my first kid and I'm still unsure of putting her at risk for malnourishment. We are gradually increasing the variety of foods and I'm making it a point to let her explore food at least once a day. But our pediatrician was alarmed and is putting us through food bootcamp.
So ladies ... I would appreciate your honesty. I am about 50/50 on my pediatrician's advice and want to find a new one as it is. But in the meantime if anyone has any input on this situation your information is most welcome.
Thanks for your help!