I find BLW parents tend to be very passionate about it.
I fed my daughter a mixture of purees and finger foods. I read a thread on here once that slammed anyone who said they did BOTH BLW and puree feeding, because apparently you cant do both. If you spoon feed you are NOT BLW according to that thread, so ever since I have never said that I did BLWing with my daughter, I say I fed a mixture of spoon feeds and finger foods.
I agree with PP that mentioned babies who purely BLW often don't get enough nutrition as they are not consuming enough food. I am more than happy to feed both ways and it works very well for us.
I tried blw but after a choking scare we stuck with mush until DS decided he wanted to feed himself (about 10 months) so switched over to solely figure foods
We had done/are doing BLW with DS who is now 11 months old.
Started at 6 months and by about 7 months he was actually eating food and not just playing with it! He is still breast fed so I was not too worried if he wasn't eating much in the early days as I knew he was getting all the nutrients he needed from my milk.
DS is thriving. He sleeps well and eats well.
I chose to do BLW as I didn't see the point in purées when eventually he would have to eat what me and hubby eat. Why shouldn't he get to enjoy food in its true form? To me, it's easier. He can eat what we eat so I don't have to prepare 2 different meals. When we go out to eat he can share our meals instead of bringing along purée to feed him.
We have had no problems with BLW. No choking incidents. No food refusal. He has a wide and varied diet and gets to eat some pretty gourmet food.
But I totally understand this is a very personal choice and understand that not everyone feels comfortable with BLW. I respect this and would never judge a parent over whether they choose to spoon feed or BLW. I mean honestly, it's no ones business but your own!
I am just one of those over cautious, anxious mums that has a heart attack every time my DS gags on something. I have tried to scoop with my finger bits of food off the back of his tongue a few times. I know he will probably work it out himself, but that's just me!
I read that 1 child every 5 days dies from choking on food (Mr Google)...Yep, Im like that
I haven't tried BLW yet but I'm waiting until he is six months to do so (in a couple of weeks!). I'm the only one in my mothers group not to be feeding purees or rice cereal. Nobody has made me feel bad or anything. One said she thought I was brave which I thought was odd!
I will never ever give DS rice cereal. It's just processed white rice and the sugar content is ridiculous. I honesty think its not good for babies (just my humble opinion!). Witwicky directed me to a site about this which I can post if anyone is interested.
I'm not one of this mums who wants to spend time shopping, pureeing and freezing different foods. If I had to I'd likely end up buying Rafferty's (which I know would make some mums judge me according to the other thread lol!).
BLW just seems easier AND makes more sense to me. Anecdotally the kids I know who were introduced to food via BLW are less fussy eaters. The BLW books also claims your kid is less likely to choke as they are in control, which also makes sense to me.
If t doesn't work I'll go back to the drawing board. But I'm happy for h to get his nutrition from milk only for the first 12 months. Any food is just for him to play with and get used to textures, etc - not for the calories or nutrition. I think this is a concept that some people struggle with.
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