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What is Baby Led Weaning?

Baby-led weaning involves allowing your child to feed himself solids without the need for spoons or pureed, traditional baby foods, says Dana Ehman, a West Chester, PA-based lactation consultant. As your child reaches for bite-size solid foods and feeds himself, often mimicking the feeding habits of older siblings, he may also slowly reduce the time he spends breast-feeding. Solid foods will slowly replace breast milk in meeting nutritional needs, says Ehman. “This weaning process can take a few years when we let the baby lead,” she says. It is important to start with small pieces of soft foods. As the child is able to handle more, move on to other textures. Always monitor your baby as he begins solid food and like traditional baby food, introduce just one new food at a time.

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