I keep reading that until 12 months, food is just for exploring. However, my son loves food! He can't get enough of it, and frequently eats more at meals than my 3 year old.
He still nurses a lot, and I usually nurse him before meals. He just loves food. We only give him organic whole foods, but I guess I worry that we give him too much. If we stop giving him food, he screams and bangs his fists until we give him more. When he is done, he stops eating (even if there is more food in front of him). When he is hungry, sometimes he crawls to me to nurse and sometimes he goes to the kitchen and bangs on the fridge.
When ds eats, he is very serious. No giggles, no playing. All of his attention is focused on food. Strangers have commented on it at restaurants.
I don't know if it matters, but ds is 10.5 months and almost 27 lbs. We do BLW, so some foods are easy to eat and others are not- but he trucks through all of them.
Do I let ds detrmine how much solids he eats? How do I know if he is getting too many? This is so different than my first, who took in about 75% of her calories from nursing until 18 months.