I'm new here, but I'm not sure where to turn. I've been getting so much conflicting advice. Most of the advice I've gotten is not to introduce foods until my son is 6 months old, but I feel like he's ready now. On the other hand, I was weaned abruptly at 6 weeks old and I can pinpoint the neuroses that has caused so I feel totally guilty even considering it. Here's where I'm at:
My son is now 4 months old, and has had exclusively breastmilk since he was born. He is nearly 20lbs - this is not unexpected, we didn't name him Thor thinking he would be a pipsqueak. I work 3-4 days/week so I pump regularly and keep an eye on my production. And I produce a lot. I had oversupply issues for awhile, but I put a lid on it, and his appetite has caught up. I estimate right now he eats about 40-50 oz/day.
This past week, he has seemed unsatisfied. He stopped sleeping through the night, and now wakes 2-3 times. He has started teething, so I don't know for sure if this is discomfort or real hunger... but my gut says hunger. Also, I'm physically exhausted. I have a high metabolism myself and it just seems like there isn't enough food or sleep in the world to save me.
My husband has been dying to introduce foods, so he would let him tongue taste avocado or banana early on. At about 2 months, he sucked in a pea sized amount of each on different occasions, and ate them. I banned this game at that point, but the baby has been fascinated by our eating ever since.
So if anyone is left reading this, can you please give me some advice and/or tell me if I'm reading his cues right? I am thinking of trying some rice cereal made with breastmilk as his first real food, and bridging into a single meal of homemade purees a day if he takes to it. Is it way too early??