Tips for Introducing Solids

December 4, 2012

Introducing solids is a necessary step in any mom’s breastfeeding journey. However, the experience and timing can be different for every mom and baby. Like anything new, it’s common to have questions and concerns about introducing solids, but we’re here to help. We’ve answered some frequently asked questions to make the transition easier.

When should I start introducing solids?
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of a baby’s life. However, don’t be concerned if your little one is ready to try solids a little before or after the six-month guideline. If your baby refuses solids the first time, take a break and try again with a different food a few weeks later. Remember, patience is key. It could take a few tries to get your baby comfortable with solids. Besides, the “I don’t like this” face can be so cute!

What solid foods should I start feeding my baby?
It’s best to talk to your pediatrician about what foods to introduce to your baby first. Yours may recommend pureed food or single grain cereal. Many moms try to puree foods like sweet potatoes, squash, peaches, pears or apples. If you choose to try cereal first, mix it with breast milk. This will make it soft and creamy for your little one. If your baby isn’t interested in eating right away, try giving him or her a chance to taste or smell the food. That will help your baby become more familiar and comfortable with solid foods.

Should I stop breastfeeding once I introduce solids?
There is no need to stop providing breast milk when solids are introduced. In fact, the American Academy of Pediatrics suggests that you continue to provide breast milk for the first year of life or longer, if mutually desired by mother and baby. At first, start out by offering solids once per day. It may be helpful to offer solids when your baby isn’t ravenously hungry, so try breastfeeding first. However, if that doesn’t work, feel free to try offering solids first. Remember, each mom and baby is different. Once your baby grows more comfortable with solid food, you can schedule more solid feedings as time goes on.

Do you have any other questions about introducing solids? Share them in the comments below.

4 thoughts on “Tips for Introducing Solids

  1. Jess Lynn Smith says:

    My son is 5 months and for a couple months he has been following our drinks or our forks etc. Does this mean he is ready to try baby food.

    • Hi Jess,

      Yes, showing interest in the foods you’re eating is one sign that your baby may be ready to try solid foods. Your pediatrician can provide more guidance and suggestions for what to try first.


  2. So when introducing solid foods, do I replace a breastfeeding session for pureed foods or cereals? How should I go about that? I really dont understand how to combine solids and breastfeeding. My feeling is that my milk supply will stop once I start with solids.

    • Hi Lola,

      In the first year, it’s not necessary to replace breastfeeding sessions with solid foods. Solids during the first year are only meant to complement breast milk, not take precedence over it. It’s best to offer solid food to your baby after breastfeeding and it often works well to offer the solids about an hour after you nurse. To learn more about introducing solids, you can click here: Hope this helps!


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