*WARNING: Long post ahead with incoherent thoughts*
I started BLW with my 13 mo when he was 8 mo, just when he was able to sit up on is own w/o support. But he never showed any interest, he would't put even his toys in his mouth! He is a happy and super-active baby. When he was 11mo, we visited India to spend time with family for 2.5 months (we'll be returning to the US in 3 weeks). Granparents freaked out that baby was still exclusively BFed and was not eating solids. Much against my wishes and at their insistence, I tried offering him purees which he totally resisted but about 3 days before his first birthday, he took a few bites from a banana when I held it in front of him. Fast-forward 1 month, baby eats some fruit but nothing else (which I think is fine as I still BF him on demand). But grandparents (GPs) feel what he eats is not enough as he's skinny. At 13mo, he weighs about 18 lbs but is super-active and reaching his milestones. He cruises like a pro and has been taking 8-10 steps w/o support. GPs think he is not walking yet because he doesn't get enough nutrition. I know each baby is different and their schedules are different. Pediatricians, both in the US and india, assure me he was doing fine and I'm doing a good job. But due to pressure from GPs, meal-times have become very stressful and I've kind of internalized what they tell me although I know my baby is just fine. I still want to continue with BLW when I return. BTw, I hold him on my hips now and hand feed him as is the norm in India.
GTG, will continue later. anyone regret BLW?