The NHS agrees with us that finger food is A-Okay from 6 months

I’ve been meaning to post these for ages, I found them a while ago and must’ve forgotten to put them up. Sometimes I forget how big a deal the whole choking thing seems when you’re starting off because it’s all such a long time ago for us. Make sure you read the FAQs if you are concerned, because there’s a really interesting post where everyone says how often their babies choked and the answer, you will be delighted to hear, is ‘hardly ever, if at all’.

So look, here are some links from the NHS Breastfeeding People and NHS Healthy Start that say finger food is fine from 6 months. (Look at pages 4 and 5 in the first document for information specific to self-feeding, and lord knows pay particular attention to the monumentally stupid face that the woman on the cover photo is pulling as she tries to encourage Junior to eat. That poor child is mortified, so you’ve been saved from that if nothing else.)

Anyway, both of those documents , in conjuction with the WHO’s guideline that solids should be a complement to milk up to a year are good news for BLWers, I think. And bad news for those well-known pushers of baby rice… our much-loved mothers-in-law.

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