I'm from Yorkshire, England. I know a couple of other mums at work who've done BLW, but in my immediate circle of mums with babies the same age as my LO, we are the only ones. I have felt very isolated and most people's opinion is very negative. However, the health visitors and government advice is actually promoting weaning at six months and encouraging finger foods, rather than focusing on purees. I find it strange that the vast majority of mums ignore this advice, although I guess it takes a very, very long time to shift the views of wider society and when you're a first time mum who's not vet confident the easiest thing is to go with whatever everyone else is doing. BLW is usually mentioned in magazine articles about weaning, but the information given is very basic. I find the media hugely biased towards traditional weaning, eg recepies for purees, offers for free jars of 'baby food' and free '5 step weaning plans' given away in every baby magazine I come across. If it weren't for the support I receive from this forum, I think I'd certainly be persuaded to go down the purée route simply through all the negativity I've encountered.
My LO has never let me come near him with a spoon, he just grabs it and shoves it in his mouth. I am very glad we've decided to stick with BLW, even though it can be challenging at times. The challenges tend to come from other proofs negative views, mostly around my LO not eating enough (despite him being on the 91st centile!) All I would say is that to do true BLW, you can't really do pureeing and BLW, it's one or the other. However I know a lot of people, including myself, who are tempted to start with purees, mostly because of the fear of choking. From personal experience, my LO has hardly gagged at all, not sure if he truly has even, here as most of the spoon fed babies I know gag constantly, especially when they encounter lumpy/mixes textures.
Mummy to S, born March'11