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When is baby ready to start baby led weaning

When is baby ready to start baby led weaning

Baby-led weaning (BLW) is a method of complementary feeding, in which food is gradually introduced to the baby as a complement to milk (breast or formula). However, it is recommended that the baby be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, with no further intake.

After six months, adding solids into the breastfeeding or formula feeding may be initiated if the infant meets these requirements:

  • Be able to sit upright, unsupported.
  • No extrusion reflex. This reflex would lead the baby to expel food from his mouth, but it disappears around 5 months of age.
  • Show interest in food.
  • Be able to grasp things and bring them to the mouth.

Not all babies will meet these conditions at the same time, so the timing of starting complementary feeding may vary. However, if in doubt, it is best to ask your pediatrician if your baby is ready to start taking foods other than milk.

By (embryologist) and (biochemist).
Last Update: 10/11/2022