2022
DOI: 10.1590/1984-0462/2022/40/2020321
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Brazilian health professionals’ perception about the Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) method for complementary feeding: an exploratory study

Abstract: Objective: To describe Brazilian health professionals’ perception about the Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) method use for complementary feeding. Methods: Cross-sectional, descriptive study including 458 health professionals graduated in Nursing, Speech Therapy, Medicine, Nutrition or Dentistry and working in Pediatrics, being directly or indirectly involved with pediatric nutrition. We used a convenience non-probability sampling. The questionnaire applied to participants addressed demographic characteristics, academi… Show more

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“…Neves et al [46] surveying health professionals in Brazil (65.3% dietitians), the majority of respondents fully agreed that the BLW method can be beneficial for children, in terms of sharing family meals, facilitating adaptation to food tastes and textures, improving chewing, and fostering the development of motor skills. However, important concerns have been highlighted regarding the convenience of BLW and the possibility of causing less fear or anxiety for parents.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Neves et al [46] surveying health professionals in Brazil (65.3% dietitians), the majority of respondents fully agreed that the BLW method can be beneficial for children, in terms of sharing family meals, facilitating adaptation to food tastes and textures, improving chewing, and fostering the development of motor skills. However, important concerns have been highlighted regarding the convenience of BLW and the possibility of causing less fear or anxiety for parents.…”
Section: Discussionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…A small observational pilot study suggests that this approach had some benefit in increasing iron-rich foods consumed by infants ( 4 , 5 ). In a study by Neves et al ( 9 ) note that there is still insufficient scientific and quality evidence to confirm that the BLW method is the most appropriate form of feeding into the diet of infants. Health professionals from New Zealand and Canada were concerned about the potential for energy and iron deficiencies in BLW children, which can cause disruption to children's growth and normal development ( 9 11 ).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Although BLW is widely known (92% of professionals and 93% of parents) [ 11 ] and widely used (75% of women) [ 12 ], the area of BLW could benefit from larger, longer-term studies [ 13 ] to better determine the benefits and risks of BLW. Based upon the outcomes of future research, professional guidance could be updated on whether BLW would be more beneficial than traditional weaning [ 14 , 15 ]. Given current recommendations support traditional weaning, the scope of this work centers only on purees.…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%