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when did your baby start eating solids? what were the first foods? favorite foods?
The AAP and World Health Organization recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months. La Leche League International says "about the middle of the first year"
of course there will be a range of 'normal' for each individual baby. Some babies are very obviously ready for solids at 4 months, some aren't interested until 9 months. It is up to us as parents to follow their cues and watch for signs of readiness!
Some of the signs that your baby may be ready for solid foods are:
-sitting up with minimal support
-ability to pick up small bits of food and get them to his/her mouth
-no longer having a 'tongue thrust reflex' - so not pushing food out of his/her mouth
-still hungry after more frequent nursing
you can find more info and articles about starting solids with your breastfed baby at La Leche League's website: http://www.llli.org/FAQ/solids.html