I’ve decided to start a new weekly post about baby-led weaning. I’ve heard from a few moms that my blog has helped them with their baby-led weaning experience, so I’m hoping that posting more baby-led weaning info will help more moms. So every week I’ll be posting pictures of Peanut trying new food, tips regarding specific foods, reactions, etc. So welcome to the first edition of Baby-led Weaning Wednesdays!
Start with the boob.
The biggest thing (no pun intended) that I forget is the boob. Remember, it’s very important to breastfeed—or bottlefeed—your baby before you give them solids. With baby-led weaning, the purpose of food is exploration—not hunger. This is especially important in the beginning when the baby doesn’t ingest much and they don’t understand that food is for eating. It’s the same as giving them a bunch of toys when they’re hungry and expecting them to not get upset. Think of food as toys. Solids are not supposed to replace breastmilk or formula for the first year even when weaning to purees. Breastfeeding them before solids feeding them will insure that they still get all the milk they need.