When introducing solids, it is important to find a balance between the energy needed by the body and its consumption. When you begin the weaning process, start with small amounts of food. One or two tablespoons are enough to begin to accustom your baby to this new way of eating. Since you begin with little amounts of food, you should supplemented it with milk. As your baby gets used to it, you can always increase the quantity of solid food you offer, eventually replacing the milk. Your baby will indicate whether she wants more or if she is already satisfied. If she asks for more food, give it to her, but if she pulls away don’t force her to eat.
Remember that babies innately know when they are satisfied and therefore eat only what they need. This self-regulation can be affected when food is either limited or forced to be consumed. Your baby will indicate whether she’s still hungry or satisfied. At first, it’s likely that she will spit out most of the food you give her, but that doesn’t mean she doesn’t like it, she’s simply learning to use her tongue to swallow the food. When your baby wants more food she will open her mouth or move forward towards the spoon. If your baby doesn’t want more food, she will turn her head away, close her mouth, or cry.
On the other hand, you can feel confident that your baby is receiving enough calories if she is energetic. This is also true if your baby is gaining weight. Attend your regular appointments with your pediatrician to keep track of your baby’s growth and development.