I read the book and was completely sold on BLW, however, when it came to putting it into practice my 6-month old got REALLY frustrated with food, and when we cautiously tried him on the free pouch that came through the post he was ecstatic. So we decided to just use pouches if we were out/last resort if he refused the lovingly home-cooked meals.
He is now 11 months, and has just had a 2-week cough and cold which lead to him eating almost no solids for the whole fortnight, and upping his breastfeeding. He is now eating solids again, but is REALLY uninterested in almost all proper food. He will accept toast, rice cakes, and those baby biscotti things (er and a gingernut I offered in desperation). He will eat the fruity pouch things, but will try one mouthful of the 'Spagbol/Beef Stew/Chicken Casserole' type pouches, and then refuse. He isn't keen on the fruit he used to like, and I've tried a few new things on him - blueberries, strawberries - and he's not interested. He seems to have gone off yoghurt, even, although he will eat a little bit if it's mixed with branflakes (and I don't think he's supposed to have branflakes, but I'm offering him EVERYTHING at the moment in the hope that some of it will go in!).
He will eat sultanas, and will try one bite of a cheese sandwich. He won't eat hoummus, cucumber.... anything! Argh. Do I just relax and keep offering him things? He is PFB so I may be over-invested.
Try to relax! Offer him a range of healthy foods at each meal and let him choose. If you want him to eat more healthy stuff totally cut biscuits etc for a bit, just don't buy any. Sometimes it takes a while to get back to normal after illness.
I didn't baby led wean but sometimes my purée and whatever seemed right at the time weaned child goes through phases where he won't stop and phases where he would refuse everything. I think it probably balances out in the end. As long as he is drinking milk and eating bits and bobs I wouldn't worry. I used to fret all the time. If you are really worried go and see the HV. I always think that there aren't many adults eating pouches of Ella's kitchen or ducking on dummies
I make a big fuss over how delicious something is if I want ds to steal it. So I say "m m m" and more please only when there are no adult witnesses and at 11 months this sometimes works.
Make yourself eat healthily and offer him bits and pieces as you've tried them. He'll get the hang of food again. Its not messing up blw, you do what you can too get ill children to eat then it takes a while to get back to normal.
my 10 month old total piglet child (DD2; my DD1 is a nightmare fusspot and has always been so) has days where she only wants to feed herself and days where she "needs" to be fed, days where I cannot fill her up and she yells blue murder for me to give her more more more and days where she'll only manage a yoghurt/fruit pot/other really runny meal. The desire for runny food seems to coincide with teething. Honestly good eaters usually stay good eaters but after illness will often regress to wanting easy safe things that don't need chewing (is he teething, both mine have regressed horribly with each tooth)
Slow down. Sounds complicated. Step back and maybe just offer stuff at breakfast for a few days and leave it at that, give milk at others? Maybe he's just a bit blinded by science choice and tastes/smells. Take a step back to move forwards. He will but just needs a bit of time.