***First off i just want to clarify that this is not a post to bash all people who BLW – just some of them ;)***
Lets cut to the chase, being the lazy mama that i am, i was dreading weaning the second time around. When baby S hit 6 months we were eager to make things as easy as possible so i looked into BLW as a means to save all the time spent chopping, blending and shoveling.
As it turned out i was far too highly strung to do pure BLW. I found myself hovering around his highchair depositing bits of food into his mouth and feeling a bit wound up by all the mess and waste.
However, back to the point in question, when i was doing research into BLW and what foods were best to give babies at what stages i found it really hard to find a decent blog article or book that didn’t start off with a massive spoon feeding bashing session.
Here are a few exerts i have found (not naming any names):-
- Spoon feeding is a passive experience, incredibly boring for the baby. No it’s not, my baby does not sit there like a robot whilst i shovel food in his mouth. He is happy and excited when i sit him in his highchair, ready for his meal.
- With spoon feeding you dictate the portion size and how much the baby has. How is it for you to say how hungry they are? No you don’t, my baby will turn his head away when he is finished eating. If he still seems hungry when he has finished then i will simply give him more food, just as you would if you were BLW.
- Would you really like to be fed liquidised meals? No but i don’t fancy downing 7oz bottles of milk every few hours either. Things change.
- BLW means you can eat the same foods together at the same time. But i also eat food off spoons so, um, what?
- It’s easy to tell which children were BLW’d from the ones who were puree fed – they tend to be much less fussy. I can’t really comments on this as i don’t really go around noting other peoples children’s eating habits, inquiring as to how they were weaned and then passing ridiculous sweeping statements.
I don’t understand. If you are completely happy and satisfied with your choice to BLW why do you feel it necessary to constantly justify your reasons for doing so by bashing other methods?
I have also had the enjoyable experience of interacting with real life BLW’s – or shall we call them the BLW police, soon as i often feel like i have been charged with an offense upon the close of our conversation. It goes a little something like this……
Me: For flexibility we do one meal finger food and one meal via a spoon – so half BLW and half traditional.
BLW police: BLW is for purists only. if you do any spoon feeding at all you may not use the term BLW!
Me : Ok sorry. But what if my baby wants to eat some weetabix or cottage pie?
BLW Police: It such situations you are permitted to use a spoon. You must load the spoon with food and then pass it to the baby to administer into it’s chosen orifice.
Me: But my baby kinda likes it in his mouth.
BLW Police: Them’s the rules!
Me: Who makes all the rules? The babies?
BLW Police: Um.…Spoon feeding is evil, be gone with you!
To be completely honest, as with most things in life, i couldn’t actually give a flying foo foo how other people choose to feed their children. Why do we have to have labels at all?
I just feed my baby ‘food’, nuff said.
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