When to Start Solid Foods

Dr. Alan Greene answers the question, How should I handle my baby's aversion to solids?


I have a 5-month-old who fusses when I try to feed him solids. He eats baby food when he's cared for by my mother, but he doesn't like it at all when I try to feed him. He seems to only want the breast milk from me. Should I keep on trying the food or give it a break?


There is no rush to start solids. In fact, I would only start them before 6 months in a child who really seems to want them. If he prefers breast milk, that's probably what his body needs.

It's fine for him to eat solids when being cared for by your mother -- when nursing isn't an option -- and it's fine to offer him solids at other times if he seems really hungry.


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