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baby led weaning..

what does that mean?


Asked by Anonymous at 9:43 PM on Aug. 8, 2009 in General Parenting

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  • Introducing solids usually begins the weaning process as babies tend to nurse less since they're also experiencing another source of nutrition intake. However, it's not something that happens over night. That's why it's also important to nurse BEFORE giving solids, so your child doesn't get too full, and nurse less. That can lower your supply.

    Baby led weaning simply means that you do not force weaning on your child. You let them wean themselves. Babies don't usually wean without outside interference before 18 months. Pregnancy *may* cause a baby younger than that to wean earlier, but it's not always the case.

    Most babies will wean themselves between 2-4 years old, however i've yet to experience IRL a baby nursing past 3. But it does happen.

    It's also beneficial for mom because stopping cold turkey will cause engorgment, which can lead to mastitis, which is incredibly painful, and not something you want to happen.

    Answer by milfalicious08 at 4:27 AM on Aug. 9, 2009

  • a crazy thing that bf moms do, they let their kid taste everything and eat what they want to.

    Answer by ilovenoah26 at 9:45 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • eh that doesn't answer my question..

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:50 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • lol sorry, i really don't know alot about it, i would google it

    Answer by ilovenoah26 at 9:51 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • never heard of it???

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:52 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • Baby-led weaning (often also referred to as BLW) is a method of gradually weaning a baby from a milk diet onto solid foods. It allows a baby to control his solid food intake by self-feeding from the very beginning of the weaning process.

    Infants 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. Babies typically begin self feeding around 6 months, although some will reach for food as early as 5 months and some will wait until 7 or 8. The intention of this process is that it is tailored to suit each particular baby and their personal development. The 6 month guideline provided by the World Health Organisation is based on research indicating the internal digestive system matures over the period 4-6 months. It seems reasonable to posit that the gut matures in tandem with the baby's external faculties to self feed.


    Answer by Anonymous at 9:55 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • 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.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:56 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • When breastfeeding moms let their baby wean themselfs off the breast

    Some breastfeeding moms will force a child to wean slowly or suddenly...

    Answer by MommaTasha1003 at 9:56 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • <--- here is the link I got it from

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:57 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

  • so its basically when you introduce solids into their diet?

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:01 PM on Aug. 8, 2009

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