Thanks for the insight! This sounds good, and many parents will fall over themselves to tell you how great Baby Led Weaning is. The article is absolutely one-sided, because this is what it’s about: the dangers of Baby Led Weaning. Anyway found this article and after reading the mostly ridiculous comments I wanted to say keep up the good work! Unfortunately, this information is not trickling down to everybody in the community. I’m 100% pro-breastfeeding, 100% anti-infant-brain-damage-from-iron-deficiency. If the parents have a poor diet, they will tend to overlook nutrition no matter what style of feeding used and children will adopt the poor habits their parents have. There are now many proven studies that say introducing food before 6 months can lead to obesity and many other issues not to mention a decrease in milk supply and milk interest for baby. I witnessed firsthand some alarming feeding practices. Seeing that just proves to me you don’t know what you’re talking about and not to take anyn of your rubbish on board. - baby led weaning choking death - His blue eyes were still, watering and bulging and his mouth hung wide open with drool dripping from his lower lip. Lots of people have objected to the use of the word “fad!” To be fair, I didn’t technically call BLW a fad. I encourage you to research by reading the book to see that baby-led weaning addresses all your points above and is a safe and healthy option. But some kiddos aren't so lucky. Greg Pratt Brother Er, The benefit of heeding the advice of your health professionals is that we have a full understanding of all the health recommendations, not just a smattering here and there. Recipes range from vegan to meat and include starters, mains, sides and something sweet too. I appreciated some things in this article but others I didnt. Babies NEED iron from foods starting at 6 months of age! Baby-led weaning (often also referred to as BLW) is a method of adding complementary foods to a baby's diet of breast milk or formula.A method of food progression, BLW facilitates the development of age appropriate oral motor control while maintaining eating as a positive, interactive experience. Congratulations and best wishes as you finish your pregnancy and prepare to give birth! I assume you did not follow the links to see the scientific support showing why food supplementation for extra iron is absolutely necessary after 6 months. I want commentary from both sides (with peer reviewed evidence) and not a bunch of ‘woo’. I do think it’s a bit hasty to claim that the baby-led weaning is like a fad diet. BLW has a lot of good advice that makes sense. This is also false. Baby Led Weaning, quite simply, means letting your child feed themselves from the very start of weaning. I also worked nearly exclusively with parents of infants in my role as a Public Health Dietitian. I believe, in fact, that the term “Heimlich Maneuver” is no longer the preferred term for adults either . I was using an expression. To my delight, I discovered several tweets linking up to a new study that supports my young philosophy!! Healthy recipes for all the family, perfect for your baby led weaning journey (BLW). I’m not sure about malnutrition in decades past. It makes meals so much easier, your baby is motivated to eat what he sees you eating, etc. There are far more studies proving everything that you have stated to be in correct , than the two articles you have sources for your information . The duration of exclusive breast-feeding was significantly longer among nonanemic infants (6.5 vs 5.5 months). Cereal Mascots, Preventing iron deficiency is the main reason for starting solids between 4-6 months. PS, for thousands of years the infant mortality rate was stratospherically higher than it is today. It is designed to change and grow with baby to provide all nutrition needed. I’m afraid my baby will have an allergic reaction! Like another comment noted, Gill Rapley’s book goes over each point in detail. I’m not saying this to scare people off of Baby Led Weaning, just to educate you about this danger so you can proceed safely. Especially considering it’s done against the advice of that child’s pediatrician! No one can do everything right, but we sure can pass along the stress and not enjoy our babies. In my causual research, over the past 2 months, I have not seen one person speak about the points you brought up…. Im glad we did BLW for my son. This is your opinion. I also linked to another two articles of mine for support, which themselves are supported by another two sources, shown below for your convenience. Teams Assessment Tool, Most likely they will grab with their entire hands, and that makes it tricky to get food into their mouths. I think it might be you who needs a bit more education on this “fad”. The food is offered in thick finger-size pieces and is soft and easily squishable between your fingers. I’ve been gearing up for BLW and this is the first time I’m hearing about the iron point which is a great point. Gagging is normal in BLW and can be common as your baby learns to push food that is too big to swallow away from its airway. The need to introduce solids at 6 months in exclusively breastfed babies specifically to ensure their iron levels are where they need to be may not be entirely true. Baby-led weaning choking is probably the main reason some parents steer away from BLW, but choking is different than gagging. As I’ve told others, my safety concerns with BLW are not with the content of the book itself. This is especially true when compared to the traditional weaning method using purées. Rather than the traditional method of blending food so that it is entirely free of lumps and then spoon-feeding it to baby, with Baby Led Weaning, only the baby puts food into the baby’s mouth. Hi! Baby Led Weaning is very popular right now. Corn Flakes And Maple Syrup, Please see this article, and if you want the reliable scientific sources behind that one, just follow the links to the scienceofmom.com article, which has a plethora of studies backing its conclusions. I hope you also read my other article linked at the bottom called “3 lessons to learn from BLW” where I extol its virtues! The risk of choking is no higher than with any other method of introducing solids. But in most other aspects, breastmilk is best source of nutrition for the first year. And I picked up on the same thing as Nada in 12/2015, did you suggest you wrote the article without reading the book? I assure you that nothing here is exaggerated. Gymnastic Moves, I have been sliding back into purees since. I’m due in November with our first and have just been introduced to the idea of BLW. I’ve observed BLW mothers feeding whole grapes to their children, so I will continue warning the public about that, regardless of how obvious others may find it. The BLW guide cites reputable sources such as World Health Organisation (WHO) and Gill Rapley. Since our memories from infancy don’t stay with us on a conscious level, we can’t remember what it was like to have to learn to swallow. If you wanted to help mums make better choices, titling your post, “The dangers of BLW” probably wasn’t the best way to go about it. You say BLW is a fad sorry but thats not true. Choking will look significantly different than gagging. I BLW my 12mo son and he has eaten a variety of solid foods from when he was 6mo. Actually, there are two studies directly linked in this article. The beans are a good source of iron, so setting some aside for baby is a great way to include her in what the family is eating AND focusing on her specific nutritional needs. A Signature, Please look into this. Baby Led Weaning is the latest trend in infant feeding. Babies need NOTHING besides breastmilk or formula before the age of 1. And a distracted baby is more likely to choke. That is too much to risk. I wish I had access to the full article as the abstract doesn’t provide many details. I used to research a topic for weeks, but then I became a mom! I just need to find someone I can trust in order to save my own sanity.
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