Baby-led weaning may prevent pickiness, not obesity

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Letting your child feed himself as a substitute of spoon-feeding him may assist your youngster change into a extra adventurous eater, however received’t cease him from overeating, a current research suggests.

Researchers in New Zealand examined the results of a well-liked methodology for beginning infants on strong meals referred to as baby-led weaning (BLW). The follow entails permitting infants to feed themselves gentle chunks of meals instantly from the excessive chair tray or desk – reasonably than being spoon-fed – and to cease consuming at any time when they need.

Many proponents of BLW declare the strategy helps beat back obesity as a result of youngsters study to manage their very own consuming. However that’s not what the newest research discovered.

Revealed in JAMA Pediatrics, the analysis concerned randomly assigning 200 mothers to start out their infants on solids at 6 months outdated both utilizing BLW or common spoon feeding. When scientists calculated the infants’ physique mass indexes at ages 1 and a couple of, they discovered these within the BLW group have been simply as prone to be obese as their spoon-fed friends.


The findings contradict an earlier research that discovered youngsters who began solids utilizing BLW tended to have a decrease physique mass index than spoon-fed youngsters. Nevertheless, the sooner research relied on mum or dad questionnaires whereas the brand new research was a randomized managed trial, the gold normal in scientific analysis. Even so, the brand new research was small so it might be analysis involving a bigger group of infants would come to a special conclusion.

In the meantime, one other of the research’s findings did concur with earlier analysis and claims made by BLW followers. Infants within the BLW group have been much less prone to be choosy eaters than the spoon-fed infants, the researchers reported.

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