For those who are from the papas era like me, you may even be frightened by this method that has conquered more and more people in Brazil and mainly outside of it. A new formula for infant feeding, the BLW method, dispenses crushed baby food or crushed food.
Infant feeding for moms who have adopted the BLW as a reference, from freedom to the baby who is now learning to eat solid foods to eat with their own little hands and the amount that will make them satisfied. The BLW means Baby Led Weaning (weaning carried out by the baby itself) can help and a lot in the motor coordination of the baby that the new infant feeding is introduced.
The foods offered must be of different textures to aid chewing
The method is to offer whole pieces of food to the child. Whole? Yea! Of course, soft foods such as cooked fruits and vegetables that can be picked up by the child safely and brought to the mouth. The BLW was already made by me without even knowing what it was , but by foods like cornstarch and fruits that fall apart more easily like papaya for example. The technique was developed and perfected by the Englishwoman Gill Rapley and has been gaining more followers every day due to the facilities and learning that the method brings to the baby.
How to Start BLW in Infant Feeding?
The BLW method dispenses baby food or mashed food for babies over six months old, so what to do? Just choose softer, well-cooked foods for your child. Both for the ease that she will have in eating (since she has no teeth) but also for the ease of digestion afterwards. The food must be of a size that the baby can and can easily catch, that is, large. Children who are only introduced to BLW may initially resist taking the food, but over time it becomes accepted and becomes a routine. Do not worry so much about the mess that mealtime can make, because BLW is a method in which the child really gets dirty, it is normal!
The BLW method works so that chewing is encouraged, motor coordination is worked on and the baby’s psychological as well. There, he becomes aware that he can feed himself when food is offered, even if in a non-traditional way.
The ideal of the method is to let the child get used to it little by little. The mother can help initially, of course, but if the child’s own desire to feed herself arises, the mother should not interfere.
An important and widely considered point in this method of introducing infant food is the issue of choking . When I heard about it for the first time, the choking came to mind. Wouldn’t the child be exposed to this method?
Children who practice BLW must be constantly monitored but the human body has devices to prevent choking in babies. The body has an anti-choking system that over time improves and the baby’s initial reflexes help a lot. If you have a bigger piece, the baby takes it out of his mouth, the opposite should also be avoided, too small foods are risky for the baby so prefer the ones that the baby will be able to chew to swallow. The most suitable foods for this phase of introducing infant feeding are:
These are the ones that babies like the most but everything can be offered , except meat until the pediatrician releases it. The seasoning of the food must be added during cooking and must be the normal daily routine for the family, with the exception of peppers and family members in spicy. When in doubt about the BLW method, no one better than the pediatrician and specialists to reassure mom and dad about the risks x benefits of this type of infant feeding.
My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.