Happy July! Hope your summer has been wonderful so far.
I wanted to talk today about some news that came out recently about babies and feeding. According to an article published in the UK's Daily Mail, spoon feeding your child vs. letting them feed themselves may increase their chances of being obese.
According to the article, spoon feeding may cause babies to eat more food than he or she would normally eat on their own, causing them to ingest more calories than needed. The study found that babies who fed themselves were much more likely to stop eating when they were full.
This piece of news adds to growing momentum around the baby-led weaning approach. Instead of using puree'd food, parents share pieces of their meal starting around the six month mark. They let the baby eat as much as he or she wants, and go from there.
In fact, Amy Brown, a professor at Swansea University, was cited in the article as saying that babies who are able to feed themselves are more likely to be adventurous and healthy eaters.
Amy also says that you shouldn't spoon-feed children older than six months, because she says they are ready for solid foods. With the exception of some items, babies can eat most of what adults eat.
All good food for thought! However, as with most things in life, do what you believe is best for YOUR child. Be sure to check with a pediatrician or nutritionist if you have more questions.
Talk with you soon!