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
JournalEnfermeria Clinica
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2019

Keywords

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

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