We have been following ecological breastfeeding with DD since she was born. She still nurses almost exclusively with her 1st birthday coming up next week.
Other EBF moms I know personally have all started their kiddos on solids (some from 6 months). And they've done perfectly well. We never did purees, mostly because she doesn't like them, she's only interested in the food on our plate, and partly because, I think, in most cases they're unnecessary. I know of several children who have gone straight into easy solids at six months and even earlier.
Anyway... so she's going to be a year and I'm a little concerned that she's still not eating. We have been offering solids since six months, however, she didn't start becoming interested until nine months. And she is sill trying to figure out the whole chewing thing, even though she has 8 teeth. She can only eat small, soft solids and even then she sometimes chokes. She eats a couple times a day at meals, but it's only little tastes here and there. She never eats enough to provide any sort of substantive nutritional benefit.
I'm sure this is all perfectly normal at her age, but I can't help but feeling like a bad mom for not "properly teaching" her how to eat by now. At least that's how comments from well-meaning family and friends make me feel. In addition, she's never been mobile and she's just now almost walking. I'm a little concerned that when she finally does start walking she'll be expending more energy and the nursing won't be sufficient for her caloric needs.
Has anyone else been in a similar CLW situation? How long did your EBF baby take to start eating a substantive amount of food? At what age do babies/toddlers need additional food for nutritional purposes? At what time, if at all, should I try to introduce purees to get her to start eating more?