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Thread: Benefits of BLS

  1. #11
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    Yes, BLS = BLW. It's kind of confusing because in the US, weaning generally refers to the cessation of breastfeeding, with the implication that it's a very short time period, and in the UK, weaning just means the transition to a diet that contains all or mostly solid foods, which takes months. So when a US mom talks about baby-led weaning, she may mean that her baby decides when to stop nursing. And a UK mom may use the same term to talk about allowing her baby to set the pace with solids, without really talking about whether or not she's stopping nursing. Make sense? No, I thought not.
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    I made all of my own foods for DD1. I was very proud of myself that I avoided the store bought stuff. However she had a very hard time with solids and was very slow to take on new foods. She would constantly gag / vomit. She didn't really get going on solids until she was about a year. I will say though, that having made her food myself helped me to avoid family members from trying to feed her crap (for the most part). They knew she could only get food I brought.

    With DD2 I made a couple of things, but just couldn't be bothered any more It was easier to just give her what we were eating. She was slow too - gagging / vomiting. She had all of the readiness signs and was eager - just slow to learn what she could / couldn't handle. Luckily since it was my second time around, I relaxed a bit and knew that it was part of the learning process. She was eating what we ate by 1 year. On one hand it was tougher with family members because they thought they could feed her anything too (read: crap). But they were also impressed with her skills and for the most part, eager to give her what I said was okay due to the sheer novelty of it.

    With LO3, I'll be doing what I did with DD2. A bit of a combination, just in case I have another gagger. But they'll be feeding themselves for the most part. I don't feel the need to spoon feed. I like my meals hot!
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    Default Re: Benefits of BLS

    The other confusing UK vs US thing when you are reading about BLW/BLS is that sites will refer to food being the size of a "chip," which confused me until I remembered UK chip = US french fry. Made a lot more sense.
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    Default Re: Benefits of BLS

    Yup its the same thing
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    Default Re: Benefits of BLS

    So basically we are waiting for them to show signs of readiness to eat?
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    Wait for signs of readiness, and then let baby self-feed.
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    Default Re: Benefits of BLS

    What suggestions do you have for starter foods?
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  8. #18
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    Default Re: Benefits of BLS

    As far as things I've read good starter foods are avocado, cooked sweet potato, pears.
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  9. #19
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    Default Re: Benefits of BLS

    I would say something decently soft like a banana or avocado. Some people give beans. Some give meat even!

    The first things I gave were sticks of pear, but the first things that showed up in his poo (it took maybe 3 days for that to happen) were baked sweet potato fries and blackberries

  10. #20
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    Default Re: Benefits of BLS

    BLS and BLW are the same thing. From what I read (just a few websites, by no means an expert) Weaning in the UK refers to the introduction of solids and not the elimination of milk.

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