Baby Led Weaning Without BreastfeedingCasey Mullins
Have you guys been following Melissa’s journey of baby led weaning (BLW)? I have been since I had never heard of BLW and I like to know what I’m getting into, which is part of the reasons blogs are so spectacular in the first place. I’ve been reading about BLW a bit more today on various blogs and forums and I’m now aware of yet another passionate group of parents that passionately participate in something that isn’t widely understood.
But here’s my question for you BLW parents, or possibly the parents who are thinking about BLW.
Would you be less likely to follow baby led weaning if you couldn’t breastfeed?
I wasn’t able to breastfeed. All of the blogs and forums I read today talked about breastmilk being the primary source of nourishment for most BLW babies since many don’t actually get much nourishment from foods offered to them. I’m going to be honest, I would rather spoon feed my baby homemade baby food rather than have her primary source of nourishment be formula.
I wonder if there is a way to half and half spoon feeding with BLW, maybe Vivi is one of those babies that takes off with BLW and eats piles of food on her own. I like making Vivi’s food, I like sitting down to feed her, I enjoy that time spent with her and she enjoys it as well. Obviously nothing with parenting has to be black and white despite people telling you otherwise. I cloth diaper, but I also use disposables on occasion. I tried my hardest to breastfeed but through the whole journey I had to supplement with formula. I make my own baby food but have used a few pouches of pre-made food here and there.
If BLW is more of a convenience thing so I don’t have to make her food or spend the time feeding it to her then I’ll shrug my shoulders and do what I feel is best which is a combo of the two (BLW and spoon feeding.) But if there is some huge benefit to BLW that I am missing, I’m all ears. Are most of you able to breastfeed? Is that even a thing to take into consideration (that I formula feed?)
Speaking of being all ears, I can already hear my grandma and my mom in my head as they see me doing this BLW thing thinking “Seriously, what other new fangled thing is she going to be doing with this kid?” Is that something you’ve run into with BLW?