2022
DOI: 10.3390/nu14122372
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Use of the Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) Method in Complementary Feeding of the Infant—A Cross-Sectional Study of Mothers Using and Not Using the BLW Method

Abstract: Baby-led weaning (BLW) is an increasingly popular way of expanding a baby’s diet. It is based on the baby becoming physically ready to feed himself, effectively supplementing his diet, which until now has been based on breast milk or modified milk. The aim of the study was to assess mothers’ knowledge about the use of the BLW method to expand the diet of a young child. The essence of the study assumed the analysis of the advantages and disadvantages of using this method indicated by mothers. Materials and Meth… Show more

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“…Concerns raised by this method for parents or paediatricians include uncertainty as to whether the child is receiving a sufficient supply of iron, nutrients and enough calories through this method, and whether the child is being exposed to a greater likelihood of choking on food [19,23].…”
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confidence: 99%
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“…Concerns raised by this method for parents or paediatricians include uncertainty as to whether the child is receiving a sufficient supply of iron, nutrients and enough calories through this method, and whether the child is being exposed to a greater likelihood of choking on food [19,23].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…Additionally, feeding at the very beginning of diet expansion is something new and interesting for the child and they treat this activity as fun. However, this defect will be eliminated with time, when the child improves the mentioned skills needed during independent eating [2,23,24,25,26,27,28,29].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
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“…Rapley (11) points out that the chance to eat independently reinforces the child's sensory development and draws his or her attention to the products that are offered to him or her, rather than to the person who serves the food. Children who have the opportunity to eat freely not only improve their ability to feed themselves nutritionally, but also develop precision in grasping products and motor coordination (12). Children become active participants in the full eating process, unlike infants who do not have the chance to reach for food independently and remain inactive participants in the feeding process (10,13,14).…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%
“…BLW is a socially desirable approach with a growing number of publications on the subject. 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 ].…”
Section: Introductionmentioning
confidence: 99%