By now, many of you have seen my Steve Harvey segment on Baby Led Weaning. If you haven’t…here it is…
I could critique myself a lot and tell you I talked too fast in the first segment or said “so” too much, but oh well! If I get the chance to be on TV again, I’ll do better! For now…I think I did pretty damn good!
I have a few apologies to start. My first apology is that I have been missing on this blog recently. Sorry about that. It took a lot more time to prepare to appear on Steve Harvey than I anticipated! There was travel time to Chicago, packing and prepping to be gone, the dress and jewelry, etc. I’m also extremely blessed that my photography business is taking off and I’m super busy!!
My next and most important apology….I feel the need to apologize to the Baby Led Weaning community. I felt awful from the moment I stepped off stage and felt like the segment did BLW a disservice! I have since had to come to peace with the fact that it’s done, it has aired, and there MUST be good coming from this. I believe things happen for a reason. I see this happen in my daily life. I believe something good will or has come of this segment. I hope I will find out what that good is someday…soon.
My motivation to spend two days away from my family was to get the word out about Baby Led Weaning. I wanted at least one person who hadn’t heard of it to hear about it, think about it and research it. I do not feel that BLW was presented well on the show. I do not believe that it was explained well. It was made to be “extreme parenting” and seemed the focus was on chicken legs, ribs and choking dangers rather than an honest debate or informative segment including both benefits and warnings. Needless to say, I don’t think Baby Led Weaning is Extreme Parenting at all. No rice cereal. No purees. Just real food. Steamed…really, really steamed in our house to start. That’s not extreme…it’s natural.
Hindsight is 20/20. After each photo shoot, I think of shots I wish I’d taken. After a job interview, I think of better answers to the questions asked. After this segment taped, I thought of all the things I wish I’d said. [I was super surprised when the segment ended....I thought there was more discussion left!] But, after really considering what happened, I realize I said the best things I could have said. What good would it have done for a mother (me) to list benefits of Baby Led Weaning (see below for benefits) to counter a pediatrician who say it’s dangerous and can cause brain damage and death?! I’m comfortable with how I handled the situation and my only wish is for more time and more discussion….oh and a different pediatrician!!!
Pediatricians. A quick word from Tori on pediatricians and doctors in general. I haven nothing against doctors. We need doctors. But, I really really really appreciate doctors who do their homework on nutrition and preventative medicine!
- Most doctors have one semester or less of nutrition education in medical school. Think about that. One semester or less on nutrition, which his preventative medicine. I wish there were more nutritionists and life & wellness coaches working in doctor’s offices to be referred by the doctor. I’d love to see a prescription for a nutritionist instead of or along with a prescription for medicine!
- I researched BLW and never found a doctor speaking out “on the record” that Baby Led Weaning is dangerous. I have not found any links to BLW and danger. As with all food and children/babies, there are precautions, but nothing specific to BLW. Actually, it may be LESS dangerous to start feeding babies solids earlier…..[read Baby Led Weaning for full details on benefits check back because I’ll post more on that in a couple days!]
- Dr. Lisa Thornton used scare tactics. She did not share research. Or studies. It was like a bad sales tactic. We can name a case of a baby dying or becoming brain dead from a fall down the stairs, off a bike, from choking on grapes and cherry tomatoes [btw, these are the most dangerous foods for kids under 4 years old] at 3 years old…but that shouldn’t scare us away from feeding our children! It means we have to be smart and researched in order to keep our babies and kids safe!
Research. Do your own research. Make up your own mind.
- I personally have shared that I read Baby Led Weaning by Gill Rapley & Tracey Murkett and I suggest it for all! I also read Real Foods for Mother & Baby by Nina Planck and love her eating principles. Holly [on the show with me] also read Weaning Made easy by Dr. Rana Conway. [side note: oh look, a book written by a doctor, on BLW...interesting.]
- Know the heimlich. Know CPR. Don’t be scared. But know what to do. A baby or kid could choke any time, any day and we need to know what to do! Do you know what to do?
- Do the research. Decide what YOUR GUT says.
Check back this week for more posts on:
- Holly [on the show with me] gives her response!
- Baby Led Weaning – Your Questions Answered!