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  1. #1
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    Sep 2009

    Default book suggestions and ? on baby-led weaning

    My LO is only 3 months but knowing how little time I have to read these days, I thougt I'd get started on a book about weaning as I'll need that time yo get through it. I'm looking for a practical, informative guide. I've been amazon reviews on the Nursing Mother's Guide but some said although it had interesting sociological info on weaning, it didn't offer as much practical advice. Can anyone make a suggestion? Bit scared of Gina Ford as it refers to her 'no-nonsense approach'...

    Anyway, I'm hoping to carry on breastfeeding for 6 months and I've been reading about baby-led weaning. I like the idea but when I mentioned it to my partner, he seemed doubtful about it's practicality (How does baby eat without teeth? what type of finger food can you give them?). Anyway, has anyone tried it and what results did you get?

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006

    Default Re: book suggestions and ? on baby-led weaning

    I think you are referring to baby-led weaning in the sense of starting baby on solid foods instead of purees, correct? (not actually weaning from bfing at 6 mos, right?) Just to clarify...
    Many people call it "baby led solids" to avoid confusion, or "BLS" for short. Here is one link:
    Guidelines for Implementing a baby-led approach to the introduction of solid food

    I think a new book about it actually did come out recently, but hopefully someone else will have that info!


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    JM (DD3, 6/12 ~ currently nursing), all born naturally
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  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2009
    Where they keep it weird

    Default Re: book suggestions and ? on baby-led weaning

    I purchased a book by Gill Rapley called baby-led weaning (recommended by a few ladies on here ). I'm about halfway through and I have found it to be very informative and it makes the BLS approach so practical. I had to order it online from Borders. Check it out if you can.
    I am Lea (middle name)
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    Wife to G 4/27/07
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  4. #4
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Good ole ATX y'all!

    Default Re: book suggestions and ? on baby-led weaning

    I read How Weaning Happens. I like it!
    Jen - mom to 3
    DD who I FF
    I survived 10 painful mastitis infections and managed to nurse DS1 till he was 3 years and 7 months
    and now DS2 4 years now working on gentle weaning and

    "Pride is one of the seven deadly sins; but it can not be the pride of a mother in her children, for that is a compound of two cardinal virtues - faith and hope." Charles Dickens

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