You mentioned the spoon, but does she eat without it? My youngest (now 10 months old) never liked to be spoon fed. She'd allow it but much preferred to feed herself. This obviously depends on the dexterity of your baby's fingers, but if she can do it herself you may have better luck. Mine loves puffs, tiny pieces of turkey (her favorite), ham, cheese, veggies, and fruit. Puffs are probably the easiest to learn with at first since they are bigger. She's been feeding herself since 6 months old and now is a pro. Yesterday I cut up a hot dog into 76 pieces (I counted the cuts for fun so I would know the exact number) and she ate the entire thing, even after finishing off her pieces of carrots and strawberries. She had Cheerios for dessert. (Note an 8 month old may not be ready for Cheerios yet.)
Other finger food related tips:
- Use one of those silicon bibs with a catcher. About 10-20% of what they attempt to eat will land in there, and until they figure out how to dig it out themselves, you can pull it out for dessert when they're done.
- Another measurable percentage of food will hit the floor. (Especially if she starts chucking green beans on purpose.) If you have a dog you can probably reduce his kibble by at least a quarter cup per day.
Also, have you tried little fruit and veggie pouches? You can hold it and let her suck on it, and you can squeeze it out to assist. Maybe she'll prefer that over the spoon.
Also, consider giving your pediatrician a call. Perhaps not all providers will do this, but ours will oftentimes give us tips over the phone without necessitating a visit. At least they can answer your question about milk and/or vitamin supplements until the solid foods pick back up.