Holly was on the show with me. You can watch it here & read my reply if you missed it. I told Holly after the show that at least if the show was a bust, I met a friend in the process! I was so glad to have Holly there with me. I found her on a BLW Facebook Group and it turns out we have a mutual friend. Small world!
About Holly. Holly is mom to 1-year-old Miller. She holds a B.A. from the University of Maryland and an M.A. from Georgetown University. She operates a busy travel agency and spends her free time directing Voices In Praise, a youth choir of 11- to 18-year-olds who have traveled throughout the U.S., Canada, Ireland and Russia.
Straight from Holly’s mouth…er fingers
Baby led weaning (BLW) made sense to our family for many reasons — it was healthy, simple (no mashing or pureeing required!), and offered us an incredible amount of flexibility when we were traveling (and boy, do we travel).
When I was approached by the Steve Harvey show to share our family’s experiences with BLW, I thought it would be a great opportunity to let others know about this style of feeding– and how well it is working for us. I had done considerable research before starting BLW and felt confident that this method was a winner.
Imagine my surprise when a pediatrician in the audience slammed BLW. Nothing in my research led me to believe that BLW presented a significant risk and certainly — I would never put my son in jeopardy. I’m no doctor but as a well-educated, vigilant Mom, I did my homework. I walked away from the show wondering if the pediatrician did her’s. Had she read Gill Rapley’s book “Baby-led Weaning” or Dr. Rana Conway’s book, “Weaning Made Easy?” Had she done ANY research on BLW?
I am not trying to knock her credentials, education or training, but new research is constantly coming out and it impacts how we raise our kids. After all, once upon a time doctors recommended that babies sleep on their stomachs and face forward in carseats.
A Google search of the doctor revealed that she appears regularly on different TV shows. With all that media work, perhaps she just hasn’t had time to keep up with health research and different theories about how babies learn to eat.
The Steve Harvey show had an opportunity to host a vibrant discussion on BLW. They could have presented a true overview of the BLW process. They could have invited a BLW expert like Gill Rapley to join the discussion. They chose not to. I suspect that it doesn’t make for good TV but can assure you –BLW makes for great eating at our house.
If you are considering BLW, I encourage you to do your homework and read the research for yourself.
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