My DD is almost 9 months, and is showing no interest whatsoever in eating solids. We've been offering various purees and finger foods, both fruit and veg, and she hasn't eaten a bite so far. I've also made up some baby rice with EBM, so that she could explore texture without the food tasting unfamiliar, and she hated that too.
She explores the food we offer - I always offer part of it as a puree and part as finger food, so that she can both squidge the food around and also pick it up. She'll put it to her mouth, but as soon as it touches her lips and she gets a hint of the flavour, she's pretty revolted, really
gags and drops the food. She's never, ever put any food of any sort into
her mouth, only up to her lips.
She's meeting all her developmental milestones, she mouths her toys, has 4 teeth (but isn't teething at present), and is interested in watching us eat. She's exclusively BF, and is gaining weight beautifully. She's really active, inquisitive and is great fun.
But, and here's where I'd love some support from other mamas, I'm getting no end of grief from family, friends and health professionals about how she should
be eating by now, and how we'll 'miss the window of opportunity' and she'll have an eating disorder, and how I should 'make
her eat so she sees what she's missing'. I can't even leave her with my mother, as she's desperate to get DD to eat and is convinced that she'll succeed where I've failed, and I'm worried she'll 'make her eat' against her will.
I'm keeping it low key at the moment. I refuse to 'force' her to eat, and am just viewing it as a time of exploration for her. I don't want to make eating an issue, and she's thriving on breast milk. But I can't go anywhere or see anyone now without being made to feel like a failure or a freak. And it's knocking my confidence a bit.Please
tell me I'm not permanently damaging my daughter by going at her pace, and that she will
eventually eat at some point!
Thank you very much!