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Baby-led weaning. An introduction


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A brief overview of baby-led weaning, with some quotes and details from recent peer-reviewed academic research.

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Baby-led weaning. An introduction

  1. 1. BABY-LED WEANING AN INTRODUCTION Julian Hopkins September 2013
  2. 2. Spoon feeding babies is not necessary Is spoon feeding enjoyable – for you and/or your baby?
  3. 3. BABY-LED WEANING •Introducing solids from the beginning •Combined with breast-feeding •Play and learn
  4. 4. GETTING PREPARED WHAT DO YOU NEED? • Baby • High chair with tray • Bib with a pouch • Mat • Steamer • Patience 9 months 1 2
  5. 5. WHEN CAN YOU START? •Able to sit up •Wants to try food 6 months
  6. 6. WHAT FOOD TO OFFER BABY? • Steamed vegetables • (Broccoli is easy to hold) • Bread crusts • Mango • … • Soft but not mushy • ‘Holdable ’ • ‘Chip size’ • No salt, etc. 8 months
  7. 7. WHAT FOOD TO OFFER BABY? •What everyone else is having 8
  8. 8. SAFETY – BE PREPARED •Choking •Allergies •Hot foods
  9. 9. the minefield of parenting advice (Volders 2013)
  10. 10. WHY TRY BABY-LED WEANING? research is required on whether infants following BLW have adequate energy and iron intakes in particular (Cameron et al. 2012: 1600) To date, there has been very little research to support baby-led weaning and, until there is more evidence, it is difficult to draw any firm conclusions about the potential benefits or problems it may offer. (Reeves 2008: 109)
  11. 11. WHY TRY BABY-LED WEANING? Our results suggest that infants weaned through the baby-led approach learn to regulate their food intake in a manner, which leads to a lower BMI and a preference for healthy foods like carbohydrates. This has implications for combating the well-documented rise of obesity in contemporary societies (Townsend & Pitchford 2012: 1) Studies have shown that infants between the ages of 4 months and 2 years who consume foods that require chewing generally have higher intakes of all macronutrients than those infants who have yet to be introduced to chewable foods (Carruthet al. 2004, cited in Reeves 2008: 108)
  12. 12. WHY TRY BABY-LED WEANING? responsive feeding [is] one of the most important practices for encouraging healthy eating habits in early life and should be encouraged in parents to reduce the risk of obesity (Schwartz et al. 2011, cited in Cameron et al. 2012: 1581)
  13. 13. WHY TRY BABY-LED WEANING? Possible benefits • Hand-eye coordination • Speech • Family meals • Less stress • Cost • Healthy relationship with food 10 months
  14. 14. QUIZ • What do you need for BLW? • Basic equipment: chair & tray, mat, bib with pouch • When can you start? • Once Baby can sit up, and wants to try your food • What foods can you start with? • Simple foods: vegetables, fruits, bread • Should you stop breast feeding? • No • What are the possible benefits? • Hand-eye coordination, Speech, Family meals, Less stress, Cost, healthy relationship with food
  16. 16. THINK ABOUT IT • Is it easy to do? • Do babies like it? • Do babies eat enough? • Do parents like it? • Does research tend to support it? YES NO     
  17. 17. REFERENCES • CAMERON, S. L., A.-L. M. HEATH & R. W. TAYLOR 2012. How Feasible Is Baby-Led Weaning as an Approach to Infant Feeding? A Review of the Evidence. Nutrients 4, 1575–1609. • REEVES, S. 2008. Baby-led weaning. Nutrition Bulletin 33, 108–110 (available on-line:, accessed ). • TOWNSEND, E. & N. J. PITCHFORD 2012. Baby knows best? The impact of weaning style on food preferences and body mass index in early childhood in a case–controlled sample. BMJ Open 2 (available on-line:, accessed 11 September 2013). • VOLDERS, E. 2013. Baby-led weaning: food and the minefield of parenting advice. The Conversation, 9 July (available on-line: and-the-minefield-of-parenting-advice-8637, accessed 11 September 2013).
  18. 18. IMAGES 1. IKEA (1999-2012). ANTILOP [photograph]. Available from: 69725/ (accessed 11 September 2013). 2. IKEA (1999-2012). ANTILOP (tray) [photograph]. Available from: 76093/ (accessed 11 September 2013).