It won't be long before Captain is chowing down some big boy food but for now, it's still just Momma's milk.
This will be baby #3 that we've waited for self-feeding and so far, it's worked very well. Both Rocky & He-Man were around 7 or 8 months old before they ate any type of solids. With Rocky, we just really wanted to make sure his little tummy was ready since he had dealt with so many pains of colic. We didn't worry a bit about his slow take to table food. He was nearly 9 months old before he was eating much of anything from the table but every bite that went into his mouth was put there by himself. He had a mouthful of teeth by that time (which might be why he was slow to take the food - his mouth was too busy growing teeth to learn how to eat!) and really was a great eater once he got going.
So now we're doing the same waiting with Captain. He's showing some interest in food (because he's often sitting in my lap during meal times) but we're not offering him anything until he can sit in a high chair (which will be any day now) and when he has a tooth or two (also right around the corner.) I think this will probably start happening sometime around his 6 or 7 month birthday.
This kind of info has been taught at La Leche League meetings for years but non-crunchy Moms often don't get the opportunity to hear it. So here's my part of sharing the news.
Babies should be breastfed exclusively for the first six months of life and should totally skip pureed baby food and go straight to baby-friendly, hand-held solids.