Ep 142 Baby Led Feeding Ft. Julie Laux
Quote: “TIME merely extends fear while KNOWLEDGE & UNDERSTANDING can help overcome it.” 9 Things you NEED TO KNOW about CHOKING when starting solids#1 It is totally normal to feel anxious when starting solids.Millions of parents have successfully followed baby-led feeding and the key to getting past your fear is through knowledge and understanding of how baby-led feeding works, research behind it, and how to reduce the risk of choking.#2 Two research studies have concluded that baby-led feeding does NOT increase the risk of choking. Read the studies here:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29205569/https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/27647715/#4 Gagging is normal when starting solids. Baby is gagging is they are coughing, making wrenching sounds, mouth open / tongue out, or watery eyes. If baby appears to be gagging, let them work it out themselves.Choking is when baby’s airway is blocked and baby is either silent or making a high-pitched wheeze sound. They also may look scared, and you need to intervene.#5 Caregivers should take an infant CPR and choking response course before starting solids so they are prepared in the rare case of emergency. @safebeginnings has an Online Course we recommend to all parents!#6 High risk choking hazard foods should be avoided or modified so baby can enjoy them safely. CDC.gov has a list of top choking hazards.#7 Learning how to properly serve food to baby based on age is an important part of baby-led feeding. We cover a variety of foods in our program.Generally speaking, food is served as sticks and cooked until soft for 6-8 months and then served as small, bite-sized pieces for 9+ months once baby has their pincer grasp.#8 Babies already know how to swallow, but they need to learn how to chew. The best way to teach chewing is with chewable solids, which we explain in our program.#9 The safest place to eat is sitting upright in a highchair. Do not feed baby on the go or in a reclined position. Remove all distractions and sit next to baby while they eat.