How much solids at 6 months?
DD wasn't really into solids until closer to 9 months and even then 5 bites was on the upper end of what she would have. Often it was less, sometimes depending on her mood and other times if there were distractions or something interesting for her to look at (guests or eating at someone else's house, for example). I think as long as you are offering healthy things for him to try, that's all you need to worry about, he will decide if he should eat or not. Until at least a year old solid food is just for experimentation IMO and their actual nutrition comes from breastmilk or formula.
If you get more baby food than you can use (or if you don't use it at all with BLW, which we also did) maybe you can donate it?
He is totally fine and on track for his age. Just get the food and keep it until he decides he wants more. My lo is 14mo and around 10 months or so I think she got really into food and would go through 3 or 4 pouches a day plus plenty of nursing too. She has slowed down on the pouches in the last month and is eating more things off our plates now, like rice, peas, beans, potatoes, ground beef, cheese, pretty much anything she can get into her mouth.
I always found that allowing my children to self feed (if they were willing to do it) resulted in only the amount of food they wanted and no more. Children tend to eat more slowly when they self feed and stop earlier. In a breastfed baby, milk comprises the main bulk of her diet for the first year at least, with solids for all intents and purposes "for practice" and to fill in really hungry days.
I can say at 6.5 months, our oldest child was eating a small bowl of fruit or veggies (I dunno, 2-3 oz maybe?) once a day, and many days not any at all. My second child didn't take solids until 8 months and wouldn't touch pureed foods, only self feeding chunks of boiled or steamed fruit or veggies, and my youngest was eating solid foods about 2-3 days out of the week maybe 3 or 4 bites at about 7 months.
I've found that most breastfed babies tend to like their solids in the late afternoon, when the milk supply is at its lowest ebb (but at its highest fat content, so it's still very important to offer the breast first before any and every offer of solid food. If they nurse well and reject the solid food, they simply don't need the solid food that day.) It seems that formula fed babies seem to want solids earlier in the day, for some reason. (And of course, with FF being the norm in most of the West, so many Pediatricians go along with too early solids too much solids and solids early in the day having been taught in Med School that FF is the "norm.")
That is a HUGE amounts of solids that WIC is offering you! I had no idea that amount was "expected" but I've seen so many of my clients babies (in WIC or not) feeding so much solid food so early it often effects their milk supplies adversely.
I wanted to say something about "baby food meat." I worked as a Nanny several summers while I was at University. I was working with a 7 month old FF baby whose mother would leave huge amounts of jarred baby foods for this child. The baby would make faces and sometimes gag when I would try to give her the baby food pureed meat. So, I thought, "What does this stuff taste like?" I tasted it and almost barfed! It was truly disgusting. I told the mother I wouldn't give the baby this stuff, she could if she wanted to, but IMO, it was too gross to give to an infant who couldn't even chew real meat yet. I vowed never to buy "baby food meat" for my children when I had them, and I never did. They ate meat when they could chew it themselves, as I figured Nature had figured out that babies don't need to eat anything they can't chew on their own.
I urge all Mamas to get a jar of processed "baby food meat" (if they are thinking of feeding it to their babies) and taste the stuff themselves and ask "Would I eat this stuff? If not, why would my baby want it?"
Good point on the meat! DH tried feeding him some beef, but he put the beef on the spoon first, then peas (which is a fav of ds), we thought we could make it an easier adjustment by kinda hiding it in a familiar flavor. Well he took one taste, had a full body shutter along with a horrible face and then wouldn't open his mouth again! DH was like "I don't think he likes this stuff at all!" So that was the end of that. Yea, I'll prob make my dog a special treat with jars of meat lol
I love that babies are so honest with their facial expressions and opinions of things. I remember my babies shuddering at things they didn't like, and having the most quizzical expressions about things they weren't sure about.