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New Research Article - BLW

PostPosted: 18 May 2016, 07:37
by pimento
Stumbled upon this today: Dietary intake differs in infants who follow baby-led weaning

Summary: ... 094206.htm

Full journal article here: ... 76d7ea9a6e

Re: New Research Article - BLW

PostPosted: 18 May 2016, 20:15
by Where'stheMistletoe
Thanks for the link. I've only read the summary but it just looks at babies aged 6 to 8 months and I would have thought a lot of BLW babies aren't eating that much at that age. It would be interesting to see the differences further down the line.

Re: New Research Article - BLW

PostPosted: 18 May 2016, 21:06
by ches

They found that the BLW infants had similar energy intakes to those who were spoon-fed, but appeared to have higher intakes of total fat, saturated fat, and fat as a percentage of energy.

I do not like this statement. Babies need diets high in fat so that they can get the calories they need without over-filling. Hence, milk is high in fat.

Re: New Research Article - BLW

PostPosted: 19 May 2016, 07:56
by Lily
Yes, I was concerned by that too, ches. And anyway, the link between saturated fats in the diet and blood cholesterol has been discredited hasn't it? So a diet relatively high in saturated fats isn't necessarily unhealthy.

I was also intrigued by their worries over choking hazards in all three groups. Frankly, if you aren't giving your baby any raw fruit and veg, dried fruit, pieces of meat, crackers/rusks etc, then they've got a pretty limited diet haven't they? Just mush or things cooked to a mushy texture.

Re: New Research Article - BLW

PostPosted: 19 May 2016, 16:39
by ches
Breast milk is high in saturated fat because that is what the brain is made of. It seems that the researchers were applying out-dated observations on adult diet to their comments on infant diets, instead of just reporting the outcomes of their research (i.e. what the infants ate).

Re: New Research Article - BLW

PostPosted: 20 May 2016, 10:35
by Treeb
The part about the fats bothered me too. They state it as a bad thing, but most BLW parents consciously choose to serve higher fat foods. Obviously a baby eating watery pureed veggies isn't going to be getting a lot of fat.

The choking hazard part reminded me of this article I saw recently about the AAP finding most baby's first foods to be potential choking hazards. ... ard-study/ having adults suck on foods to evaluate them doesn't really take into account babies' bag reflex being further forward, or the ability of babies to "chew" with their gums.