I just started offering solids to my very ready and very interested 6 month old a week before he turned 6 months, so between 2-3 weeks ago. I am mostly making my own baby food but am going to have to use some store bought baby food. I got on Gerber's website, and they have a "Menu Planner" guide where you choose your child's developmental level and they come up with a weekly menu. I looked because I do want to make sure my son is getting everything he needs i.e. iron, etc. They say to be giving many different kinds of solids during the day, and different ones at different meals as well. His NP said I should do two solid feedings a day, so that is what I have been doing, but with only one type of food per meal, and I haven't introduced fruit yet so it is usually a vegetable or cereal with breast milk. Should I be offering more than one thing per meal instead of what I am doing? I am concerned with watching reactions to what my son eats. We have no known allergies/irritants to food in the family, but still want to be safe.
Also, I honestly love nursing my son more than anything. But sometimes I feel like it would be easier if I had expressed milk available all of the time for him instead of nursing him, so he can have breast milk while eating his solids, and so I know how much he is drinking. I have to go back to school soon, and sadly, with clinicals, I will be away from him for 12.5 hours one day a week and only 3 hours two other days. I am going to need some sort of schedule for him so his nutrition doesn't get lost in the mix when I go back to school in a month.
I know this post is all over the place, never know where exactly to post my thoughts. Thanks for the insight in advance.