Baby led weaning
A new craze in baby nutrition allows parents to skip the mushes and purees.
Baby led weaning

Baby-led weaning encourages your child to eat independently by allowing your child to feed themselves. No purees involved, baby-led weaning includes finger foods like soft fruit and cooked vegetables.

The pros of this approach

By feeding themselves, babies are able to work on their hand-eye coordination. 

It also means you are creating a less stressful feeding environment because you're not pressuring your child to eat, so you're less likely to fight food battles.

Babies may also be more likely to try different foods, exploring different colours and textures.

Toddler-led weaning

As your baby grows into a busy toddler, they will naturally breastfeed less as they become able to entertain themselves more. Your milk supply will drop in tandem to their decreased needs and your toddler might start to prefer a drink of water in a cup. Even though they are in the process of self-weaning, many toddlers still like to feel close to mum with one feed a day, perhaps in the morning or before going to bed.

This article was written by Joanna Bounds and adapted for Kidspot, New Zealand's favourite parenting resource for Early Life Nutrition.
Breastfeeding is best for babies and provides many benefits. Combined breast and bottle feeding in the first weeks of life may reduce the supply of your own breast milk. Always consult your doctor, midwife or health care professional for advice about feeding your baby. This post is part of the Early Life Nutrition story.
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