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We have gone 2 times to a Naturopath for allergy treatment. I do not think she is familiar with BLW. I must have said DD eats whole food. She has said to "give pureed food because digestion starts in the mouth and she has only two teeth so can't chew".<br><br>
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That is ridiculous ... DD has no teeth (9.5 months) and eats everything and has been since 5.5 months. No purees either. She eats what we eat, in shapes and sizes that she can handle. Her bowel movements are healthy and she has no tummy upset and is gaining well.
 

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Technically she is correct that digestion starts in the mouth with chewing and saliva breaking down food into small pieces but if your LO doesn't have any teeth and is eating small pieces I don't think it makes a difference. as the PP said lots of babies do BLW and have no problem at all. But from a text book stand point she is right about digestion. THe boy I homeschool had an entire unit on the digestive system and I certainly taught him that is where it started!
 

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Ok, here is what I don't get... if digestion starts in the mouth... ok, that's great. So.. what does that have to do with if the food is pureed or whole/chunks? Pureed food spends less time in the mouth than chunky/whole food does, so technically her mouth would be doing LESS digestion if the food is pureed, right?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Ok, here is what I don't get... if digestion starts in the mouth... ok, that's great. So.. what does that have to do with if the food is pureed or whole/chunks? Pureed food spends less time in the mouth than chunky/whole food does, so technically her mouth would be doing LESS digestion if the food is pureed, right?</div>
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nak.<br><br>
I think she is trying to point out that food has very li'l time in the mouth and digestion starts in the mouth. So if the food is already pureed then it has a better chance to be "attacked/digested" my the saliva than if it were solid chunk (which, due to the short time spent in the mouth...would not benefit from much digestion. So there is more load on the stomch acid (which may not be an even distribution)...so some undigested chunks come out in the poop). Thus we will be losing in on the intake of nutrittion of those undigested chunks.<br><br>
Already pureeing the food helps in better absorption of nutrients.
 

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This is why we give super soft food (or food that dissolves) to babies. They get mashed up in the mouth before they're swallowed. A baby can't swallow a huge chunk of cooked carrot, they squish it up (like chewing) first.. Gums do sort of chew things up. I think it's unnatural to do anything in the "feeding" category that's less than 100 years old. What did babies do before blenders?
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">This is why we give super soft food (or food that dissolves) to babies. They get mashed up in the mouth before they're swallowed. A baby can't swallow a huge chunk of cooked carrot, they squish it up (like chewing) first.. Gums do sort of chew things up. I think it's unnatural to do anything in the "feeding" category that's less than 100 years old. What did babies do before blenders?</div>
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I think this one is easy....they breastfed (exclusively and longer) <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"><br><br>
I do believe though that 100yrs ago the percentage of mothers who couldn't breastfeed successfully was less than 1% (like some articles still quote). Had to do a lot with less stress (leading to higher prolactin levels) and good nutrition (healthier home-cooked meals rather than processed, fried stuff). Staying at home, wearing baby all the time and being with baby all the time helped too I bet.<br><br>
So I think it is safe to say that solids were introduced a bit later than we do now 100 years ago. Also - weren't there some kind of stone grinders 100 years ago? <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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traditionally, the mamas would have chewed the food for the babies (when they were past bf), but I'd have to imagine that they were less fixated on "forms of feeding" than we are now.
 

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BLWing seems to be a new concept to many professionals.<br><br>
I had a lactation consultation (from a birth center) who freaked out when I told her about it (even when I tried to explain all the safety measures) and practically yelled at me that if I let my DD eat anything but purees that she'd choke to death. Well, DD *hates* purees. She seems to do just fine eating and digesting her foods. She may have more teeth than other babes (8) but they are all incisors so it's not like she chews with them.<br><br>
The funny thing is it's actually a very old practice. It is what a lot of folks did before jarred baby foods, and even afterwards. I recently learned my own folks introduced me to solids through BLWing as my mom was farm-raised and they were also poor college students who couldn't afford baby food. My mom was surprised to find out that it is now considered against the norm, and that it actually has a name, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">BLWing seems to be a new concept to many professionals.<br><br>
I had a lactation consultation (from a birth center) who freaked out when I told her about it (<b>even when I tried to explain all the safety measures</b>) and practically yelled at me that if I let my DD eat anything but purees that she'd choke to death. Well, DD *hates* purees. She seems to do just fine eating and digesting her foods. She may have more teeth than other babes (8) but they are all incisors so it's not like she chews with them.<br><br>
The funny thing is it's actually a very old practice. It is what a lot of folks did before jarred baby foods, and even afterwards. I recently learned my own folks introduced me to solids through BLWing as my mom was farm-raised and they were also poor college students who couldn't afford baby food. My mom was surprised to find out that it is now considered against the norm, and that it actually has a name, too. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"></div>
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What kind of safety measures - please?
 

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Gill Rapley is a "classic" place to start for BLW information since her research is part of what has popularized this approach recently. If you google her name or "baby led weaning" you'll find a ton of sites. The "safety rules" boil down to<br><br><div style="margin:20px;margin-top:5px;">
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- the baby must be sitting upright<br>
- nuts and fruit that contain stones (such as cherries or olives) shouldn’t be given to babies<br>
- no-one other than the baby should put anything into his mouth<br>
- babies should never be left alone while handling food</td>
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In the above list, many people clarify "sitting upright" to mean "sitting upright on their own" and "no foods with stones" to be "foods with small stones" (ie, stones that a babe could swallow, a dish that includes these ingredients is fine if stones/pits have been removed). And generally lists mention the need to avoid known allergens or "problem foods".<br><br>
OP- I wonder if your dr was worried that your little one wasn't getting enough nutrition? I mean, part of BLW is the thought that solid food is secondary to breastmilk (or artificial baby milk) during the first year. So solid food is more for exploration and learning and less for nutrition. You care provider may be used to people who wean "off" breastmilk and "onto" solids, meaning that the child would need to get more nutrition from those solids. I could see the worry if solids were <i>replacing</i> breastmilk/artificial baby milk... purees or easily digested foods would make sense in that scenario since the babe would need the help to get the most out of the solids (nutritionally) as possible. Perhaps point out that you're not offering solid food as the primary source of calories/nutrition?<br><br>
---almost totally off topic, but I think the time may be at hand to switch to a "what did they do 200 years ago" instead of 100 years. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> 1900 wasn't exactly the healthiest time, or the most "pro natural world", being hard core industrial revolution. Many communities lost a lot of holistic knowledge during the decades right around 1900.---
 
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