Well I didn't read
about baby-led weaning when my youngest was a newbie... but that's pretty much what we did.
I EBFed both my girls. My oldest was always so petite and just didn't like food. I spent months trying to force pureed junk in her because that's what I was "supposed" to do. In the end it made no difference. She just didn't like baby food, and she wasn't fond of anything other than breastmilk. I weaned her after her first B-day hoping she would eat "real" food then. She obviously had to eat something, but it still wasn't much... and she was so incredibly picky. In the end I realized that she was just meant to be a petite little girl. She would have done much better if I'd stuck to breastfeeding her as much as she wanted. Perhaps she would have been more interested in food on her own. Who knows. She's a happy and healthy 7-year-old now. Still picky, but she enjoys eating the foods that she does like. I just hate that we wasted so much time struggling with something that shouldn't have been an issue.
I was determined not to make the same mistake the second time around. I refused to spend months attempting to convince my child that pureed gunk was tasty and appealing. I was not going to doubt the goodness and nutritional completeness of my breastmilk. I was going to listen to my baby and respond to her needs. These were the conclusions I'd come to from experience. I didn't read any books about it. There are no rules, I don't suppose. Just instinct. That's what was missing the first time around. I listened to everyone but myself.
Anywho, my second baby loved breastmilk too. She was healthy, gained well, and was just very different from my first daughter. She also expressed waaay more interest in food that my first ever did. She was mobile pretty early and started trying to grab food off our plates starting at 5- 5½ months old. (She sat up at 4½ months, so by 5 months she was more than capable of scooting toward us and grabbing at our food as we sat on the floor to eat.) I didn't like the idea of letting her eat that early, though. When I asked for advice, people thought I was nuts for even considering it. So I put her off and continued to EBF her. By 7 months there was no denying her any longer. She was ready to eat. So we started offering her finger foods. Her first finger food (she'd already tried a bite or two off my plate previously) was salmon flakes. She loved it. Another favorite "first" was banana chunks. Stuff like that can get slippery, though, so we would coat them with wheat germ or flax meal. Not only were they easier to grip then, but the coating added nutritional value. Not really necessary in a breastfed child, but nice nonetheless.
I say listen to your child. If I could do things over with my second child, I would probably see how well she could self-feed when she first started asking for it. I feel kind of bad for making her wait so long. We did offer her rice cereal on two occasions while she was still "EBFing". Once on thanksgiving (at 5½ months old) and once on X-mas (at 6½ months old). Neither time went over very well. It tasted as bland as it smelled, and she knew that we had way better food on our plates. She also didn't care for the idea of us feeding her. She's been very independent from the start. If she couldn't do it herself, then she didn't want any part of whatever "it" was.