A recent New York Times article has received tons of reader feedback regarding whether or not baby-led weaning will help prevent kids from being obese. Baby-led weaning is when parents let their infants and toddlers feed themselves as opposed to the parents or someone else feeding the child.
The article claims baby-led weaning does not reduce weight in a child. It states that whether a child spoon-feeds themselves or a parents spoon-feeds them makes no difference in terms of obesity. This contradicts a study by JAMA Pediatrics, which showed findings from previous studies had suggested that baby-led weaning might reduce obesity.
Readers of the new article were quick to weigh in and a big debate between baby-led weaning and parents spoon-feeding began. Several believed that it is not about how the baby is fed, but rather what the child is fed.
As my pediatrician constantly pushes me towards baby-led weaning, it’s instructive to know how little it helps.— SundasHashmi (@sundashash1) February 26, 2018
Good piece by @aaronecarroll #parenting #momlife
“Putting out, say, some scrambled eggs, cooked carrot chunks, banana chunks, cooked squash, etc. for my toddlers resulted in extremely healthy, normal weight kids, who continue to be extremely healthy to this day. Oh, and I made my own baby food — did big batches on the weekend and froze little baby servings. I never used that stuff in jars. That might have made a difference too,” shared Kanecamp.
There were also quite a few parents who believe baby-led weaning is beneficial to the child. Some even shared how the method was a positive experience for their family.
“I nursed my son for a year and a half. When he was about 7 months old, I put some peas on his highchair tray, and he ate them. A few days later I gave him something else we were eating. As time went on, he was eating a wide variety of foods. I never made baby food, never bought baby food and never spoon-fed him,” stated Catherine.
Finally there was a group of parents who explained the importance of the parents having good eating habits.
“Parents’ own food habits have a large impact on their children, and eating a well-balanced diet in front of your children — even as babies — has a big impact on their future,” expressed Tom.
Pediatricians weighed in on the article with a little advice for all the parents reading it.
“As a pediatrician, I find the whole concept of baby-led feeding practices a scam. Babies don’t get their food, nor control how they eat; their parents interpret their desires. All feeding, therefore, is parent determined,” explained pediatrician Alan.
There are definitely varying opinions when it comes to the best way to feed a child. What are your thoughts?