Dear 100 Hour Board,
Further important information about Board Question #44911 and starting babies on solids:
1. Babies (especially breastfed!) shouldn't start solids until the middle of the first year, and that should be based more on the individual child than watching the calendar. Signs of readiness for solids include: ability to sit up without support, loss of tongue thrust (one tsp in...one tsp back out), increased hunger, developed pincer grasp (imagine picking up Cheerios), etc.
2. When starting solids, experts recommend offering them after breastfeeding, so that the solids "experimentation" does not replace superior nutrients found in breastmilk. Yes, some babies turn down breastmilk after a heavy meal of solids (and some babies keep eating solids after they're "full" - just like some adults I know!)
3. As The Cleaning Lady said earlier, this is the time for experimentation. Breastmilk should still be the primary source of nutrients for at least a full year. There's plenty of time to transfer over to solids after that - no need to rush.
For more information about breastfeeding and starting solids, I recommend checking with La Leche League, the world-wide expert on breastfeeding. Check here: http://www.llli.org/NB/NBsolids.html If you have more questions, there are many La Leache League Leaders who are ready and willing to answer all your questions!
And good job on giving your baby the best stuff! You will never regret this time.
- La Leche League Leader - and Mom