Is the baby-led weaning approach an effective choice for introducing first foods? A literature review

Ayu Fitria Utami, Dessie Wanda

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Abstract

Objective: To analyze the efficacy of Baby-Led Weaning (BLW), the risk of choking, iron and zinc deficiency, growth faltering related to BLW, and knowledge about BLW in mothers and health professionals. Method: The search strategy involved the Science Direct and Google Scholar databases in 2013–2018. Nine articles related to research on BLW were analyzed. Results: The evidence in these articles shows that BLW is good for self-regulation in the infant; the risk of choking, iron and zinc deficiency, and growth faltering is low in BLW with the Baby-Led Introduction to SolidS (BLISS) program, and mothers prefer to listen to another mother who practices BLW rather than health professionals. Conclusion: BLW is useful for making infants independent using a self-feeding process. The long-term longitudinal study is needed to explore more about BLW according to its nutrition adequacy, intake, eating patterns, food preference, safety, and growth trend.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-95
Number of pages9
JournalEnfermeria Clinica
Volume29
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

  • Baby-led weaning
  • Choking
  • Complementary feeding
  • Iron deficiency
  • Zinc deficiency

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