Re: Breastfeeding and starting solids.
The best way to start is slow. Until around 12 months, a baby is capable of getting all her nutritional needs met at the breast. So you offer small quantities of solids at first- think a teaspoon or two- once or twice a day, and only after the baby has nursed, since your goal is to maximize the baby's intake of breastmilk, and to have solids complement, but not replace, breastmilk in your baby's diet. As the baby starts with solids, do not be surprised if she eats very little. At first, solids are a game and a learning experience, not really a nutritional one. Baby may eat the solids you give her, or she may taste them and spit them out, or she may prefer to explore them with her hands (messy!).
Good starter foods for beginning self-feeders:
Cheerios (fun for pincer grip practice, dissolve in baby's mouth)
Mashed steamed vegetables and mashed soft fruits
Whole peeled apples (this is all about taste, unless your baby happens to have front teeth and can scrape off bits)
Coolest thing my big girl said recently: "How can you tell the world is moving when you are standing on it?"
Coolest thing my little girl sang recently: "I love dat one-two pupples!"