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January 15, 2009

Micah trying carrot

This week has marked the onset of a new area of research and practice in my life as a Mum of ‘baby-led weaning’ (or BLW for those in the know!). Even though I’m not ‘weaning’ Micah; he is beginning to grab foods and show interest at the meal table so we thought we’d see what he did when introduced to the wonderful world of food!


Micah trying broccoli

This website has been really helpful in giving guidance from various sources around the western world with regards to breast feeding and introducing solids (without effecting your milk supply etc.)

Micah wondering why on earth I’ve put little trees on his table!


BLW is basically a method of gradually weaning a baby from a milk diet onto solid foods. It allows a baby to control his or her solid food intake by self-feeding from the very beginning of the weaning process.

Babies are offered a range of foods to provide a balanced diet from around 6 months. They often begin by picking up and licking the food, before progressing to eating. The intention of this process is that it is tailored to suit each particular baby and their personal development.

Initial self-feeding attempts often result in very little food ingested as the baby explores textures and tastes, but the baby will soon start to swallow and digest what is offered. Breastfeeding is continued in conjunction with weaning and milk is always offered before solids in the first 12 months.


Micah trying pepper

Micah checking our apple for the first time!

So; no mush, mash or puree. No ice cube trays, little pots and spoons. No heating up or cooling down just food glorious food…for those chubby little fingers!

And so the adventure begins!

Blessings
Leah

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2009 11:54 am

    I also wonder why people put little trees on their plates!

  2. May 12, 2009 3:17 am

    So glad to see another mom letting the baby lead the weaning. I have nursed my last baby exclusively for 12 plus months. It has been such a happy time for both of us. She is 16 months now and still nurses 5 to 6 times a day as well as eating with us at each meal. Instead of seeing nursing as a thing to get through it is a precious moment to cherish.

  3. May 12, 2009 8:18 am

    Hi Jenny – thanks for your comments. Yes we LOVE BLW, it’s so much easier and Micah is thriving on it. There is so much pressure to get babies eating when they don’t actually need it, well done on b’feeding exclusively for 12 months…I’d like to try that with next baby 🙂 He’s 10 months now and we’re still nursing lots and enjoying it!

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