Don't forget that breastmilk provides more fat and calories than any food you can provide your little one!
Eventually, they need more than just milk. My son is quite large, so he really does need more calories. Today at his 6mo, the ped told me he needs two meals a day because he's such a big boy. I'm not looking forward to this, but deep down I know that advice makes sense for my boy.
Ounce for ounce, breastmilk has more calories than most baby-safe solid foods and significantly more nutrients than any type of solid food that you can feed your baby. In addition, starting solids will quite possibly reduce the amount of milk that your baby is getting overall, rather than increase overall intake. One of the first recommendations for a baby who genuinely has slow weight gain is to decrease or eliminate solid foods and nurse more often.
Breastmilk should make up the majority of baby’s nutrition through the end of the first year. At some point toward the end of the first year, most babies will gradually begin to need more iron and zinc than that provided by breastmilk alone - at that point, additional nutrients can be obtained from small amounts of solids.
Some babies thrive on breastmilk alone until 12 months or later - as long as your baby is continuing to gain weight and grow as he should, your milk is meeting his needs well.
MYTH: "Your baby is big so you need to start solids."
Moms might be told to start solids for differing reasons when they have a large baby.
Some are told that since baby is big, they won't be able to produce enough milk to satisfy baby. This is quite untrue - almost all mothers have the ability to produce enough milk to exclusively breastfeed twins and even triplets. If you allow your baby to nurse on cue, your body will make enough milk for your baby.