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Self-weaning is when a baby stops breastfeeding on his or her own. Self-weaning usually happens at a gradual pace over time. As children grow older, get more of their nutrition from solid foods, and become more independent, they will eventually begin to nurse less often than they did when they were younger.

Self-weaning is when a baby, over a year old, gradually reduces her intake of breast milk and finally stops nursing altogether. This happens because the baby starts getting more nutrition from foods other than breast milk once she starts solids. This means she will nurse less regularly and eventually stop nursing.

A typical sign of your baby beginning to self-wean is they begin to cut their typical feeding times short. What you expect to be a typical feeding time will slowly decrease when they are in this stage. The typical time they spend nursing will. According to Certified Lactation Counselor Danielle Downs Spradlin of Oasis Lactation Services, it is normal to think your baby is self-weaning at an earlier age.

Children do not self-wean without solids being a substantial source of their nutrition intake. If it seems like your baby is refusing to nurse, but they aren’t replacing their caloric intake with solid foods, weaning is not the likely scenario. Age is relevant.

My heart broke right along with yours while reading this, because 1) ohhhhh yes, been there, done that, and 2) SOME BABIES SELF WEAN BEFORE 12 MONTHS FOR NO PARTICULARLY OBVIOUS REASON AND YOU DIDN’T DO ANYTHING WRONG AND IT’S OKAY TO STOP WHEN YOUR BABY IS READY TO STOP AND ASDSHSOFpfgogjsofvoposf924y3r4oyqr3AAHHH!!!!A baby who self-weans is usually well over a year old, is getting most of his nutrition from solids, is drinking well from a cup, and cuts down on nursing gradually. If children are truly allowed to self-wean in their own time, most will.

Breast-feeding is recommended as long as you and your baby wish to continue. When to start weaning your child is a personal decision. It’s often easiest to begin weaning when your baby starts the process.

Changes in breast-feeding patterns leading to eventual weaning often begin naturally at age 6 months, when solid foods are typically introduced. Weaning is a vital process in which your baby transitions from breastmilk or formula to food. Whether you choose baby-led or traditional weaning, or a mix of both, you should begin giving your baby.

Generally, at some point between 1 and 2 years of age, a baby will show signs of self-weaning. Baby-initiated weaning like this is usually easier and takes less time. Of course, baby-initiated weaning isn’t always possible; sometimes weaning has to happen earlier!

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The parents may be told that their babies are “self-weaning.”

“The Nursing Mother's Companion” by Ruth A. Lawrence, Kathleen Huggins
from The Nursing Mother’s Companion
by Ruth A. Lawrence, Kathleen Huggins
Harvard Common Press, 2005

Conversely, if she expresses resentment each time her baby breastfeeds and is impatient for each feeding to end, she is entitled to know options for safe and comfortable weaning techniques.

“Breastfeeding and Human Lactation” by Karen Wambach, Becky Spencer
from Breastfeeding and Human Lactation
by Karen Wambach, Becky Spencer
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2019

Self-weaning is developmentally unusual and unlikely to occur before 1 year of age, at a minimum.

“Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Exam Review” by Smith
from Comprehensive Lactation Consultant Exam Review
by Smith
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2016

What does weaning mean?

“Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession” by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
from Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession
by Ruth A. Lawrence, MD, Robert M. Lawrence, MD
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2015

The biologically normal and desired method for weaning is to allow the baby to self-wean.

“Counseling the Nursing Mother” by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
from Counseling the Nursing Mother
by Judith Lauwers, Anna Swisher
Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2015

As we described earlier, one study found that for many U.S. mothers, the biggest challenge of natural weaning is coping with others’ opinions, and the older the child, the more challenging this becomes.

“Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers” by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
from Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers
by Nancy Mohrbacher, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Jack Newman
New Harbinger Publications, 2010

Therefore, weaning from a bottle should be attempted gradually because the baby has learned to rely on the comfort that sucking provides.

“Maternity and Women's Health Care E-Book” by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, Mary Catherine Cashion, Kathryn Rhodes Alden
from Maternity and Women’s Health Care E-Book
by Deitra Leonard Lowdermilk, Shannon E. Perry, et. al.
Elsevier Health Sciences, 2014

Weaning doesn’t have to be an all-or-nothing phenomenon.

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 8th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
Gallery Books, 2004

Ironically, babies seem to do this when their mothers are not the least bit interested in weaning, rather than when mum’s ready to quit nursing.

“What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]” by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
from What To Expect The 1st Year [rev Edition]
by Heidi Murkoff, Sharon Mazel
Simon & Schuster UK, 2010

Weaning is important for both babies and mothers, not just physically but emotionally as well.

“Dr. Spock's Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
from Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care: 9th Edition
by Benjamin Spock, Robert Needlman
Pocket Books, 2011

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  • Sounds like the solid foods she really loves so I would just pump and use breast milk as a ingredient in foods she likes. Also they have liquid vitamins too to mix in water. You can put some breast milk in a sippy or they have these pediasure vitamin shakes too to give her a boost to her immune system.

  • My daughter was a preemie and one thing I learned in NICU was to listen to the child. They really will “tell” you what they need. I still called our pediatrician a lot and that office had a feeding schedule chart that will be saved for future kids. My daughter is almost 2 now but still doesn’t vocalize helpful words, just animal sounds, but I almost completed a sign language interpreter program in collage, so I started signing with her. She picked that up so well and it has saved our communication frustration tremendously! Get on Amazon and there are some great signing books for kids. Or even better is look for the Deaf communities around you and ask them for help. That culture loves to share and help each other. And by asking them they usually feel that you respect their language more rather than only helping someone else capitalize from it.

  • It doesn’t seem like she’s actually eating and digesting much food? I think the BLW is a great method but always wonder if the baby is getting enough food, especially when they’re first learning. She’s doing a great job!

  • thank you so much for sharing your experience, tips and all your informative ideas. I surely appreciate this video. May God bless you and your family.

  • Do you feed any cereal at all? Our pedi mentioned that because of the iron, he still thinks it is good for baby to eat the cereal. Thank you in advance!

  • How long did it take Micah to sign independently? I’m trying to teach my son sign language for more and he just reaches for whatever he wants more of… I guess that’s a way of saying more? Haha

  • Hi.. my baby is 6.5 months old..she is playing with food and then throw.. but doesn’t put in the mouth.. then I get scared that she will not get enough nutrients so when I try to feed..she refused.. plz help

  • Have you started getting your period yet. Breastmilk will change and some baby’s just don’t like the taste during certain time in a mothers cycle

  • Micah is doing well and I think it is great that she can sign. I love her two teeth when she is smiling or pulling faces, she is a character. You live in a beautiful place and I liked the mountains in the distance with snow on top, stunning. ������

  • I’m so glad you talked to her doctor!!!! If you start to supplement your supply will drop even more! I love and agree with his advice 100%. Good job mama, listen to your baby and her doc. Don’t stop nursing!

  • Maybe she is just ready to drink from a cup.my be she see that u to are drinking from cups and want to copy what u are doing. Just want to be like mom and dad.she is learning from u

  • That’s adorable! We did purees and then finger foods because my daughter was a gagger. But hopefully if we get pregnant again we can get a do over.

  • My baby is 6 months.. I wish I would’ve found this video when I started her around 4-5 months ���� my daughter was so ready she was grabbing her own spoon.. but I wouldn’t let her because I didn’t know any better.. THANK YOU FOR THIS MAMA!!!! ❤️ im about to watch all these videos lol

  • Jess, have you accidentally jumped, and yelled when she bit you? She may of realized that she is hurting you, and stopped for a few days! If she is getting enough with bottles, that is probably what she is doing!

  • Hi there! thanks for your lovely videos. I always enjoy watching them and I have learned a lot too! I came across this video quite late and my daughter is now 11 months old. Do you think I still can start baby led weaning? And what are your suggestion? (my daughter loves to have spoon on each hand and throws her spoon and food a lot). I would appreciate if you can help me. Thank you! Soli

  • Your comment about third world countries is incorrect. Please read the UNICEF and WHO guidelines. There are softer foods for babies, many of these countries use rice as staple which is fine as small, also don’t forget that mum/ dads can chew the food for their babies, another cave man strategy if you like. None in their right mind will give a big chunks of food to their 6 month old baby. Seeing pictures of 7 month old babies with steaks in their hands is very concerning. 81% of babies who were admitted to hospital with foreign objects were self-feeding in recent study. Your baby will probably be ok but may not get the right nutrition and why risk a 5-10% of of a serious chocking episode. And as we are not cave women/ men anymore and we have a blender for our 6 month olds why not help the baby with their first steps with food.

  • BLW for small babies is dangerous. Pls read some studies in scientific articles. Any benefits vs the risk makes the method too unrealistic, plus food waste, mess. Also the original BLW author suggesting BLW at 6 months when babies don’t have any other experience eating and also need iron etc is extremely controversial and crazy. BLW might be ok as the baby matures and reaches 1 year old. In a recent study among women who started BLW and continued 30% of them reported a chocking episode during the study. Not gagging, chocking! and this is for the hardcore who stayed with BLW, the study didn’t consider people who gave up. We tried BLW for our baby and it was too dangerous, we had some bad moments. He is eating pretty much everything now in his puree and with varying consistency as he grows older. We will try more solid stuff as he matures.

  • Thank you so much for this video! I’ve been so worried about starting solid foods an you’ve really broken it down an helped me a whole lot!

  • What I dont understand is if they don’t have teeth yet, are they not just..basically.. swallowing chunk of food? I know they can mash it up a little with their gums but not probably

    (No hating, video is great, I’m just genuinely interested?)

  • there is a great baby weaning book by annabel karmel that has meal plans worked out for you so that all nutrients are met. hope that is helpful

  • Great series! Thank you, I love watching these videos and learning so much! A question about the foods you introduced, is it ok to leave the skin on, especially for avocado, isn’t it too hard and potential choking hazard if the baby swallows a little piece of it?

  • Hello, I recently subscribed and love all the information you share! Thank you so much. I have a question did your babies sit completely unassisted on the floor at 6 months when you started BLW? My baby can sit will in the high chair but can not sit completely unassisted on the floor for longer than a minute. Wondering if it is still fine to implement BLW at this point

  • So glad to see someone else who is going from purées to BLW makes this anxious momma way more comfortable! I’d love to chat about it sometime!

  • Wow! Great video!! Thank you so much for sharing. I was definitely starting to set the pressure on myself about feeding. Thank you for the tips!

  • I think it’s awesome that you are recording what happened every day… and you are right… you never know when it will be your last. I totally can understand the bittersweet thing because Porter and I are going through the same thing. Good luck with everything:)

  • They cant eat whats in their fist. What ever sticks outside the fist is what they can go to town on! Cutie pie. Apple and harder items would be too scary for me. I thought the food needed to be mashable.

  • Both of my children weaned themselves once they started teething…my son went straight from nursing to a sippy cup and vitamin D milk, since he was eating regular food without issue (he was 8months and walking) we consulted with his Dr. first.

  • Bananas and any round foods should have their round shape removed by slicing length wise, usually in at least quarters incase of choking as a round shape will completely block off airways, skins should NOT be left on avocados as it is a choking hazard.

  • Thank you for the amazingly informative video! I am curious: is there a reason for including skin in the pieces you gave to your baby?

  • I was so scared of gagging but thanks to your videos I got over the fear.. please see my experiences in Instagram handle rearing_dev��

  • If you want to increade your milk supply, try pumping 2-3 times a day when shes not nursing. Then you can give her that milk in the baby cereal or a bottle.

  • Thank you so much iv been terrified and didn’t want to start just yet she is almost 5 months and have been judged heavily because I want to wait till she is 6 months old but my mother and MIL want me to start now����‍♀️

  • Baby gagging really freaks me out initially, but now they are very good eaters �� they are sharing foods with us and turns out, our diets are becoming healthier.

  • Both my kids self weaned at 10-11 months. They became so mobile that they didn’t want to nurse. I gave them breast milk/formula in a sippy cup instead so at least they got the nutrients. I didn’t give them water, only milk or formula.

  • Being 10 months old, 3-4 times a day is completely fine. Even 1-2 times is good to, she’s eating 3 meals and snacks. She doesn’t need formula or any milk substitute. By 12 months she would be completely fine with milk every day or every other day. Breastmilk was her food source while she was a baby now she’s on solids she doesn’t need to nurse so much anymore.
    Just go with her lead Jess, she’s growing into a toddler now and would prefer her food and that’s ok:)

  • Thank you for another wonderful video! I love that you have a mini-series dedicated to this topic and look forward to future information. I did have a question for you. I have an almost 3 year old boy (33 months currently) and have quite a picky eater on my hands. I am just starting the Montessori approach in the home (I wish I had started earlier!) and we did not do baby-led weaning (thought definitely will with a second child. Anyway, I was just curious if you have any tips on dealing with pickiness as it pertains to baby-led weaning later down the road when they are toddlers? Thank you!

  • She’s eating a normal amount! If you don’t want to stop breast feeding, don’t supplement with formula! If you’re worried about your supply, just pump. Supplementing with formula so she’s “getting enough” will only hurt your supply. Personally, it just sounds like she’s going through a phase. But you do what’s best for you, momma! BUT if you aren’t ready to give up breast feeding, don’t supplement!!!

  • Thanks a Lot for the videos, you ser great!..im not sure ir you mention it, but, do we need to ofer the same food for the first time to the baby, for three days?

  • This is the first time I came across Montesori approach and I am pretty excited. I just wanted to ask something although I am not sure if you are still answering. My baby is now 9+ months old but I started with traditional eating methods (In India, traditional means on laps and not on table and chair). But now I want switch to baby led weaning. Can you please give me some tips to switch.

  • I love how your so informative and really good in explaining. I just don’t like that took me so long to search about Montessori approach that’s why i just found your channel. thank you. I love your channel. My baby’s 3months old now.

  • Do you still practise BLW when you’re dining at restaurants with your kids? Any tips on how to do so? Bring the bibs and cups along etc?

  • I want to say thank you for posting these videos! This morning I tried giving my lo solids and he gaged and threw up, I found your videos and followed what you suggested and by the afternoon he was chewing on the strips of food just fine with very minimal gaging! Thank you so much!!

  • Did u get scared to give cooked carrots or potato? I get nervous because it can break off easily in my baby’s mouth and afraid she would choke.

  • Nice, I know banana and Avocado are direct but can we give cucumber and pear as raw ones? Or do we need to cook(steam cooked).
    Is Mia eating cucumber �� and pear �� slices the raw ones? Or cooked ones? In this video

  • Hello! I am planning on beginning my BLW journey with my daughter, Harmony, next month! I am struggling finding the shot glasses you referenced, it appears the link to the ones you posted are unavailable/out of stock indefinitely, according to Amazon. Do you have another brand/link that is comparable?!

  • I’m not sure if you have a video of the babies eating protein? I’m trying to introduce protein to my baby she will be 9m next weeks and so far she doesn’t like chicken. I don’t know if it’s the texture or the taste as I make it bland. Pls any advice.

  • The side head and smile….I can’t!!!!!! Ugh I just want to hold her and snuggle those cheekies! Sorry jess I’m a stranger to y’all but I feel like I know so much about lil Micah since u were pregnant…y’all are doing great with her…

  • It is your pheromones. You smell different. It is due to being back on your cycle. You will see it again next month. As time goes on, she will self-wean as she fulfills more of her requirements through food. This is a good thing. Don’t go to formula, per se. There are fortifiers you can add to other liquids. You can then work her off the bottle and completely to her sippy cup.

  • BLW for small babies is dangerous. Pls read some studies in scientific articles. Any benefits vs the risk makes the method too unrealistic, plus food waste, mess. Also the original BLW author suggesting BLW at 6 months when babies don’t have any other experience eating and also need iron etc is extremely controversial and crazy. BLW might be ok as the baby matures and reaches 1 year old. In a recent study among women who started BLW and continued 30% of them reported a chocking episode during the study. Not gagging, chocking! and this is for the hardcore who stayed with BLW, the study didn’t consider people who gave up. We tried BLW for our baby and it was too dangerous, we had some bad moments. He is eating pretty much everything now in his puree and with varying consistency as he grows older. We will try more solid stuff as he matures.

  • You are doing amazing with her. But you don’t need formula she’s to old for that and it will mess her tummy up. just give her milk from the food store. She could drink everyday milk and a food breakfast n food lunch n food dinner n baby food snacks n milk n water n juice. She doesnt meet breast milk or formula till 1.. She is telling you herself what she wants n needs. I would get her a baby fork n spoon set aswell so she can feed herself. Its harder on us as parents to let go of the babys needing us in some ways but you guys are so amazing with her you will all be ok.

  • My first baby is 14 months and I meal plan for him. It makes it so much easier for me when I know what he is eating for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks.

  • To clean up after eating try giving a damp cloth to Micah and letting her clean her face and then you can finish the job. You may find she doesn’t fuss as much. Then you can teach her to clean the tray nice she masters or finished her face. She can use the same cloth or you can give her a different one. She is showing signs of wanting to do things herself. I love her serious face. You definitely have a thinker pot your hands.

  • What is that red placemat you are using for her to eat off?! I love that it’s mat is so big, I only ever see ones with small mats that hardly cover the table

  • I am so glad I stumbled across your video! For the past week I have been doing research on this BLW! My 5 month old boy just started some cereal last week to keep his belly full in the morning and afternoon/evening. He’s about 18lbs haha. The few videos I have seen made me think I had to go right from milk/formula to solids. So you did purees for a while first?

  • Watching this and hearing you explain this is SO relieving ������❤️ I was so worried about my boy whenever I tried to introduce solids and I always got so scared. My nerves were never-ending. But after watching your video I feel a lot less nervous and a bit confident to give it another go. Thank you, thank you so much!

  • Thank you for this video. My husband and I just had our second baby, a son. Our first, a daughter we used purees. I was too scared to do BLW but now, I want to try it. My son just turned 6 months on the 21st so I want to try introducing foods. This answered all the questions I had. Very helpful! Thank you.

  • Our doc said same. Said by 10 months on formula or breastmilk and then whole milk and foods after if that’s what they prefer. So we’re using the last of our frozen bm and weaned off formula, so once we’re pretty low then we’ll transition to whole milk and continue foods:)

  • My baby is 4 months and I had to start adding in formula because I could not pump enough at work to keep up with her and it was getting really stressful. I tried Enfamil and she wasn’t a fan, but then I tried Similac pro-sensitive (so her stomach wouldn’t be too crazy affected by it) and she took it fine and doesn’t seem to be having any stomach problems.

  • Idk, I don’t think this makes any sense. They eat purees because they don’t have teeth and it’s easier for them to swallow while they learn all the basics of eating normally and using a spoon. As they get better at it and grow more teeth they re able to eat bigger chunk and more in unmashed foods because they now can chew it enough to swallow and actually eat it enough to feel full. What she’s doing here is just sucking on it or biting pieces and spitting it out. Shes not getting anything in her tummy. I don’t know why anybody would give a baby celerys neither, a 2 yr old can’t even eat it, they just chew it and spit it out. a 6 mo old is only sucking on it. This just seems lazy and dangerous and frankly unbelievable. Who thought of this and why would anybody listen to them. People will do anything. Looks bad, is bad.

  • I feel very lucky to come across your channel. I’ve been watching your videos for last 15 days. My daughter is 5 months old and your videos are very Informative and super useful. Thanks a tonne.��❤

  • My husband and I are in the process of buying our first home, and I just wanted to say seeing all your videos make me so excited for our future!

  • Love it!! I’m a huge fan of blw. I guess everyone has something to say but no one does the research themselves. My son is 11 months old and loves his food:)

  • Please do not call this baby led weaning. If you gave her purees, you have done “traditional weaning” with your child. This misinformation is why people do “half BLW half purees” which is actually not recommended.

  • I honestly don’t understand what the benefit of baby-led weaning is. We started our 6 month old on flavorful pureed soups (pear, potato and leek was the first, then spinach and zucchini, roasted red pepper and tomatono blended turkey for us) then we added some curry powder to thicker butternut squash and kind of went from there. Now at 9 months she’s eating a lot (but not everything) with her hands flakes of grill smoked salmon and watermelon chunks for example, but I’m also feeding her forkfuls of ciambotta or steak and kimchi. We are more focused on exposing her to a diversity of strong flavors to acclimate her palate to the food we like to eat. It seems like this age is the ideal time to introduce flavors… That window closes at toddlerhood, but they’ll definitely learn to feed themselves no matter what. I just think it’s more crucial to educate their palate than teach them how to feed themselves. My 2c

  • Your videos are so informative.
    Very few videos I adore to watch your’s is one.
    Question for you: My baby is 8.5 months old (although six weeks premature) & is on purees as he was unable to sit unassisted for 7.5 months.
    I really want to start BLW for my baby. I can start now. Will baby adapt to BLW after being on purees.
    Sorry for being lengthy.
    Love from India.

  • Best fomula that is closest to breastmilk is gerber hm-0 goodstart jess. My izzy has colic and it works so well with her and very gentle on the stomach. In case you have to use fomula. I love watching your show it helps me with my parenting skills and love watching your family.

  • Whole milk or whatever milk you drink and some baby cereal. All kiddos are different. All 3 of mine were on solid foods and cow milk by 1 to 1 1/2.

  • What a great job she’s doing! Maybe she wanted a drink of water or something. She was grabbing your drink. What a sweet little girl!

  • @InformationMommy i didnt do the same with carrson, i mean i remember around the time he stopped nursing but its almost like pregnancy and birth how you “forget” i was sad about that for a while that i didnt remember his “LAST” nursing, but this time its all being made note of. Thanks for the support Jen! you’ve done such a great job with Porter! not just with nursing but everything! its way hard to work full time and be a great mom:)

  • I accidentally drank some formula when I was younger and the taste still haunts me to this day… it still makes me want to throw up…

  • Thank you so much for sharing.:) I love your video’s!…I miss nursing so much. I weaned my son at 16 months because I had to have major back surgery and I was going to be in a lot of pain and wouldn’t really be able to do it after. I don’t think we were ready to stop but that’s how it worked out. He’s 18 months now and totally fine not nursing and he eats so well and I don’t think he misses it anymore…but I still wish I was nursing him.

  • I really like your channel, thank you for sharing your knowledge! My daughter is 12 mo and we started with purees at 6 months, at about 9 mo I started to introduce finger foods and added texture, but I’m still mostly spoon feeding her. Now she started to become much more fussy and gets upset quite often at mealtimes. I wish I did baby-led weaning earlier but I wonder if now I should just give her a fork and a spoon and let her feed herself? Not sure what the best step forward is at this point. Do you have any recommendations? Thanks a lot! Xx

  • Great info! We are starting our BLW journey in about 2 weeks when my daughter is 6 months old. I was very nervous about starting solids, but now I feel much more educated from watching these videos and reading a book, and I am excited to begin!

  • Thank you so much for the information! It was very helpful to see this in practice, as opposed to just reading or being told. Also, I’m glad you mentioned to not help them! Good info!

  • My son is 5 months and we just started blw. I didn’t start with purees, but might add in a few just to get some nutrients in him. It’s quite adorable watching them eat, but so messy!

  • Is there anything specific where you would remove the peel off of before giving it to your baby? I noticed you left a lot of the peels on which makes sense for grip & sensory reasons. Thank you!:)

  • Can I just ask did Landon have any teeth at this point? And when giving apple and I see pepper there did you stew it slightly or just give raw? Baby turns 6 months tomorrow has had purees from 5 months so is very used to all different flavours now but want to get started on BLW xx

  • How are you supposed to introduce food at six months if they are not sitting up on their own? Not all babies are sitting up at six months. Do you than wait until your baby starts to sit up on his/her own to introduce food?

  • Personally I won’t supplement with formula I would pump and let her eat more solid foods. Sounds like she’s weaning her self. I’d let her lead the way and just listen. She’ll tell you what she wants. Hang in there momyou’re doing great.

  • How do you get them to take the right sized bites? My daughter tries to take huge bites and almost chokes on them.
    She also only has two bottom teeth.

  • Jess, I’m so glad you got confirmation from Micah’s doctor what is happening. He knows her almost as well as you. I’m also glad you & Austin are getting some adult time with friends. I think you are so smart in contemplating a baby food meal plan. It will help with shopping lists as well as possibly making it easier to cook for her while cooking for you & Austin.
    Finally, I’m glad I heard you say that you are mentally preparing for this transition in you & Micah’s lives. Keep something that will remind you of this special time for a shadowbox, etc. It is a beautiful time you did quite well & should look back on with pride, love, & all the other warm fuzzies…

  • My baby is months, I’ve tried giving pureed food but shows no interest and spits it back out. Just seems happy with milk still. Does this mean she isnt ready yet?

  • How do u make food less slippery for baby to grip and hold? My experience with steamed pear and apple (basically all steamed food that i offered) i find it hard for baby to grip and hold. Often it will slipped through their little hand when it comes it contact with their saliva. Any recommendations to increase food grip? Thanks in advance!

  • No need to supplement if she’s eating solids and having some nursing with mom. You guys are doing so well! You are awesome parents!��

  • I can figure out that an unpeeled piece of avocado or cucumber is easier to grab for the baby, but if it starts actually eating it? Especially the avocado…

  • Hi I hope you reply:) loved the video. I was wondering whether you could answer a few questions I have.. I have 6 month old twins boy and a girl.. My boy has a very sensitive gag reflex and I have been going the traditional puree route and he gags even on very small pieces of pureed fruit so much so that he oftentimes vomits plus he has never been very keen on his bottle either. Would you suggest this BLW for him? what should I do about the gag reflex? Anyways thank you and you have a new subscriber.

  • I bottle fed my son cause I couldn’t breast feed and I by that age he was only doing maybe 4 bottles a day so I think if she is feeding that much on top of solid foods then she is good.

  • Wow! God sure did make a beautiful world. I’ve driven through Utah, but I’d love to actually visit there. It’s absolutely stunning.

  • Can you purée foods for them to eat before they are able to sit up on their own? And then go into baby lead weaning once they’re able to sit up on their own?

  • I would like to know y u haven’t gotten mastitis with her going so long between feedings and wat about engorgement? Are you pumping or do u not even have any milk at all and it’s all comfort nursing? I’m interested because if I would try to skip a feeding I was super engorged and if I were to skip a whole day I’m sure I would have gotten mastitis!

  • @topazbaby09 good question:) since she is weaning herself and has been doing it gradually for a while now she has trained my body to stop producing so much milk so when she cuts back one at a time or here and there over the course of time its much easier on my body and it doesnt create any issues at all. if i would have skipped feedings cold turkey i too would have gotten mastitis, or at the very least a plugged duct. thats why its important that if you do parent led weaning instead of

  • I read that babies below 1 years old cannot drink any water. Is this true? Any comments on this? Btw love your video. Very informative and educational.

  • When does babies actually start eating eating food? If that makes sense. I know right now they are exploring but when do they actually eat and does purées come into play or never?

  • Thank you for the video, it’s truly amazing! I wonder, how long do you breastfeed your daughters, please? My son is slowly reaching 6th month and I am preparing for BLW. Based on what I read somewhere else, mothers usually breastfeed their babies for more than 2 years. Did it same work for you?

  • I’m on week 2 of BLW. Is hoarding food in his mouth normal? I try and slow him down so he doesn’t over stuff. But some times he won’t swallow

  • @topazbaby09 if you do parent led weaning instead of child led weaning you are supposed to mimic the way a child would wean naturally as closely as possible so it doesnt create things like plugged ducts and mastitis:)
    hope that makes sense…sometimes my answers sound better in my head while i’m thinking them then when i actually type them out:)

  • I would try a mix of a breast milk and formula, make a half and half bottle that way you don’t have to give her as much formula since you’re concerned about allergies. Plus then she won’t potentially like the formula more than the breast milk to keep her on the breast milk longer for you and her!

  • Thank you for the video. Was the pear cooked or raw? I just tried this for my 8 month old with a piece of apple, he bit it too hard and got a big piece in his mouth. Tht was quite scary…

  • Thank you! This was a huuuge help!!! My baby is almost 6 months and our third kiddo but first time using this method! I’m so excited to get started♡

  • I want to do this with my son so badly but he’s choked on cucumber before and now I’m terrified to keep going. He vomits up mashed food textures and gags on them all the time. He’s 8.5 months old and has 6 teeth. Any advice on how to start? I’m thinking of starting maybe at square 1 again?

  • Baby signing is awesome! I was a sign language interpretor a long long time ago. When my son was a baby I would speak and sign to him. He learned to sign quickly. Much easier to communicate as babies before they cld talk. Add more signs… Milk, eat, all done, more. You are doing a great job!
    Love,
    From Florida

  • Soooo true! You are doing great, you’re rolling with punches soto-speak! It’s tough to be a first time parent (well a parent in general because each kid is different) because just like you are experiencing, things/situations pop up and you’re like “what now? I wasn’t planning for this?!” lol. You got this!

  • @Humbily yep thats us she has been a once per day girl for a while now nursing only at naps and night time or if she falls or something random, but here lately its not even that anymore….and in the last 4 days she has nursed ONE time and that was a t 6:22 sunday morning….so weird! but yes i’m appreciating get a little break and just having me to my self for a while:)

  • we are on the same page with henry. he’s been self weaning for a little while now. for about 2 months he has only nursed once a day or once every other day, and it’s when he first wakes up and comes to bed with us. it’s bittersweet….but also nice to have myself to myself ha.