Revista Matronas

Revista Matronas

SEPTIEMBRE 2021 N° 2 Volumen 9

Complementary feeding self-regulated by the baby (BLW)

Section: Revisions

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Escofet Peris M, Manalbens Sants O. Alimentación complementaria autorregulada por el bebé (BLW). Matronas Hoy 2021; 9(2):32-8.


1 Marina Escofet Peris, 2 Olga Manalbens Sants


1 Médica de Familia. Equipo de Atención Primaria Masnou. Institut Català de la Salut. Metropolitana Nord.2 Médica de Familia. Equipo de Atención Primaria Bon Pastor. Institut Català de la Salut.

Contact email: marina.escpe@gmail.com


Introduction: the World Health Organization (WHO) recommends that infants should start receiving complementary feeding from their six months of life. Baby-led weaning (BLW) is a form of complementary feeding, most specifically complementary feeding self-regulated by the baby, which is being increasingly used; however, one of the concerns associated with this among parents and professionals is the fear of choking.  
Objectives: to update the knowledge regarding the BLW method of complementary feeding for babies, to detail its benefits and drawbacks, precautions and tips to minimize accidents in children; and to provide instructions about how to implement the safe introduction of complementary feeding with the BLW approach.
Material and methods: a review of the relevant bibliography.
Conclusions: the use of BLW is aligned with the current recommendations on weaning, and there is evidence that it could deliver positive results for the health of the child. It would be interesting that midwives also had updated information about it, so that they could be able to inform safely about the BLW process to those parents who request it.


self-regulated complementary feeding; BLW; solid food; midwives

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Alimentación complementaria autorregulada por el bebé (BLW)

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