INFANT FEEDING GUIDE: INTRODUCTION TO SOLID FOODS
A goal of The Infant Feeding Series is to provide health care providers and nutrition educators a guide
to help limited-income pregnant women and mothers of infants to delay the early introduction of solid
foods and reduce the risk of early childhood overweight.
The Guide for Infant Feeding: Introduction of Solid Foods was developed by using existing data and focus
group research conducted with limited-income mothers throughout Michigan. In the focus group sessions,
mothers reported about their beliefs and practices regarding introducing solid foods to their infants. Focus
groups were also conducted with health care providers, including pediatricians, nurses, Michigan Department
of Community Health Women, Infants, and Children nutritionists and social workers, and MSU Extension
instructors and staff. The resulting data were used to develop strategies for helping mothers introduce solid
foods when infants are developmentally ready.
The guide and the five accompanying handouts are for use with pregnant mothers or mothers/caregivers with
new infants. These documents will help mothers and caregivers:
understand the reasons to delay the early introduction of solid foods
give breast milk or formula to their infant
follow the recommendation of the American Academy of Pediatrics to introduce solid foods to infants between the ages of 4 and 6 months
18 posters were created for waiting areas or waiting rooms to help prompt mothers to ask providers for
information on when to give their infants solid foods.
Note: A solid food is defined as anything other than breast milk or formula.