Podcast

The Future of BLW with its Founding Philosopher Gill Rapley, PhD (Part 2)

  • How parents can relinquish control in feeding and begin to trust their baby's inborn abilities to self-feed from 6 months on
  • Why Gill Rapley disagrees with the idea of repeatedly trying foods to get the baby to “accept” the new food...and why it's not our job to make feeding fun but to simply stop making it miserable
  • Why she doesn't intervene in Facebook groups and other forums that are misrepresenting her original intent of the philosophy of BLW and the role she sees social media playing in the future of baby-led weaning
Katie Ferraro

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Gill Rapley is the co-author of the original baby-led weaning book and the founder of the BLW movement. In this second part of our 2-part interview series, Dr. Rapley is looking ahead at where she sees the BLW movement going in the future. (In episode 100 Gill Rapley discussed the earlier stages and the history of baby-led weaning.)

In this interview we’re talking about the future of baby-led weaning, including the research being done on BLW, the role of social media and how it has helped but also hindered the BLW philosophy. Dr. Rapley shares her thoughts on BLW Facebook communities and other forums, including tips on how parents can relinquish control and begin to respect their baby’s ability to safely self-feed from 6 months on.

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In this episode I’m joined by Gill Rapley, PhD discussing where she sees the future of baby-led warning (the movement that she started!) headed:

  • How parents can relinquish control in feeding and begin to trust their baby’s inborn abilities to self-feed from 6 months on

  • Why Gill Rapley disagrees with the idea of repeatedly trying foods to get the baby to “accept” the new food...and why it’s not our job to make feeding fun but to simply stop making it miserable

  • Why she doesn’t intervene in Facebook groups and other forums that are misrepresenting her original intent of the philosophy of BLW and the role she sees social media playing in the future of baby-led weaning


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