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Vol. 23 - Num. 92

Brief Reports

Baby led weaning, safe and effective? A narrative review

Marta Sánchez Gonzáleza, Pedro Gómez Piquerasb

aEnfermería. Hospital Universitario de Guadalajara. Servicio de Salud de Castilla-La Mancha. Guadalajara. España.
bCiencias de la Actividad Física y el Deporte. Facultad Educación. Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha. Albacete. España.

Correspondence: P Gómez . E-mail: dr.pedro.gómez.piqueras@gmail.com

Reference of this article: Sánchez González M, Gómez Piqueras P. Baby led weaning, safe and effective? A narrative review. Rev Pediatr Aten Primaria. 2021;23:e163-e171.

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Abstract

Introduction: the baby led weaning (BLW), or weaning directed by the baby, is a complementary feeding technique that has become fashionable in recent years thanks mainly to its diffusion on the internet. Objective: to determine if two of the main criticisms received by this method (risk of choking and nutritional deficits) are real compared to other complementary feeding techniques.

Methodology: narrative review of cohort studies and randomized designs published in recent years in the PubMed and Google Scholar databases.

Results: eleven works (seven related to choking and four related to nutritional deficits) were included and analyzed in this review.

Conclusions: the BLW is presented as a safe complementary feeding technique since it presents no more choking risk than others. Regarding their nutritional efficacy, there is no solid evidence regarding the exposure of iron-rich foods in children who follow the BLW with respect to children who follow another technique.

Keywords

Baby led weaning Choking Nutrition Nutritional deficit Supplementary feeding

 

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