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April 23rd, 2013, 12:20 PM
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I've been hearing a lot about this lately. I still am not sure I quite understand it fully. I'm unsure if it is meant to replace breast milk/ formula or just in addition to it. It starts when the baby is 6 months from what I've read. I'm curious what your thoughts and opinions are on this??

Is anyone doing this??

How do you feel about it?

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April 23rd, 2013, 05:36 PM
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Well, I need to look into how it works more! I know I will be breastfeeding Kyah until she is one year old, or until she weans herself. I really want to offer Kyah finger foods but I'm very limited on choices that I feel she is ready for. I watched some videos on YouTube of mommies who are doing the baby led weaning and their babies are eating things I know Kyah is no where near ready for yet, such as a whole chicken leg. It said that in particular baby was 6 months o.O

Like I said, I don't have a full understanding of it. I just wonder how common it really is.

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April 23rd, 2013, 06:31 PM
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We are doing baby led weaning. It is basically letting your child explore foods at their own pace instead of forcing them to eat purees. The baby has the choice of what they eat how much. Evelyn already understands food needs to be chewed. Her favorite thing to eat right now is toast, I just cut it in 1" thick strips and hand her a strip to eat. It can get messy but she loves it. I have yet to find a spoon she will actually allow me to use. It is not about replacing nursing with food at all is about the baby making the choice, including baby making the choice to wean when they want.

Things Evelyn has eaten are toast, puffs, mum mums, whole peas, sliced green beans, rice, apple slices, Farley biscuits, peaches and banana to name some things off the top of my head.
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April 24th, 2013, 05:41 AM
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baby lead weaning is basically the baby telling you when he/she is done nursing.

I did this with my first 2, they both weaned at 15 months (the were on milk already and eating solid foods). Lincoln while being supplemented with a few ounces of formula each day, is still nursing well, and will also tell me when he is ready to be done.

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April 25th, 2013, 07:46 PM
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We do baby led weaning.

It's basically just feeding your baby finger type foods and leering them decide whether or not to eat it. You do this instead of spoon feeding them purees.

It's not to replace breast milk or formula, but they do start to decrease their intake as they easy more and more solids (similar to how they do with purees).

So far Owen had had stuff like: bread, bananas, peaches, cauliflower, zucchini, apple slices, and spaghetti.
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April 25th, 2013, 09:57 PM
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Thanks for the info, ladies! I would like to try it, but since I am already giving Kyah purees (some of which she loves), I guess I will have to do a bit of both

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