Baby led weaning… without fear!

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Some time ago, during the monthly visit from our small, historic, pediatrician, I brought the book dr. Lucio Piermarini, just arrived. I read just a few pages, and also on the basis of other information and suggestions found in network , I immediately felt a certain harmony with the approach of the Umbrian pediatrician, I feel full of common sense and thankfully full humble that some crazed doctors usually lack of.

But, as I have already weaned children of two (one of which is allergic) to old way following the directions of my pediatrician, I thought to take with us to visit the book and ask the opinion my doctor.

Frankly, then I was almost forgetting, but when she began to speak, to my great surprise, I immediately pulled out the book and not just the doctor told me I would be pleased if we were d ‘ agreement to proceed with the , but that the book knew him well, as the Piermarini was a colleague and great friend for many years.

So, long story short, now in the final return from our holidays, we are in the midst of this new adventure, hailed by many and that, while not as revolutionary as some may think, is teaching us a lot of new things and most importantly there is by retroactively reflect also on the two previous experiences.

To means, in short, a more direct way and not medicalized the power to introduce solid foods in infants.
This approach involves several factors:

1. there a defining moment that set me the autosvezzamento , usually begins after signs of the child such as the ability to sit alone and grasp objects with intention and expressed interest , curiosity and active participation to the foods we consume the rest of the family. All this is happening statistically around the sixth month of life, but every child is different.

2. overcome the fateful sequences food introduction : There is no need to place the food spread from month to month. For example: first the carrot, then the zucchini, then the potato … and so on until the driving license , but we try to propose a simple and natural food in a manner similar to those of the rest family, going to tastings and Setting yourself according to your taste, curiosity and the natural inclination of the individual child.

But what was wrong with the old method ” … So do me a lady with broth …” that I have personally used with success until about 6 years ago? Credited by some medical studies, mostly from northern Europe, where there is a high rate of children allergic to cod, one of the protein foods more readily available in these parts, it was discovered that the pursuit of a more gentle and less rigid, it helps a lot to trigger the baby’s immune system mechanisms that facilitate the eventual immunization to foods that is potentially intolerant or allergic.
The autosvezzamento fact, not imposed on food fossilizzandosi pediatric tables, but founded on the variety of tastes and early introduction of many varieties of food available for human consumption, has statistically reduced substantially childhood allergies and, not least, and this is my addition, reported the kitchen to be a welcoming and open, rather than a cold and aseptic chemical laboratory allowing mothers to take off his coat and put on the apron again.

For our part, with the experience of their first child, we discovered at the time of weaning may be allergic to cow’s milk protein, had already guessed (on his skin and his bronchi unfortunately!) That the definitive expulsion of the offending food was the long term strategy of all bankruptcy:

– First, because we’re both parents instinctively suspicious and reluctant to fundamentalism, even in the food.

– Because as we both got to understand, through direct experience, the reactions of our son in contact with food allergens changed from day to day and so his immune system, indeed, were almost as if diminishing over time threshold of tolerance was raising progressively by itself.

– And, finally, because, as a result, we documented outside of academic courses of conceited luminaries , and we found that according to medical studies now highly popular abroad and arrived the ears of and medical smart , it was proved that totally remove allergens from the diet of children with allergies, does nothing but in the long run, to raise awareness further the body to these allergens. A controlled and planned reintroduction of allergenic foods then, under appropriate medical supervision, thus helping the body to overcome allergies and fortify themselves against any other allergen sources.

At this point, it may well be argued that the autosvezzamento has provided us with many assurances that we were finally following a path dictated primarily by common sense .
The autosvezzamento in fact comes from a heritage of our ancestors, who gave the kids are not genetically modified meals, prepared with flour-made baby food bionic, but simply adapted what was on the table (simple food, wholesome, seasonal and prepared with natural methods) allle chewing and digestive capacity of the smallest: sminuzzandolo, tritandolo, pounding, and, why not, sometimes pre-chewing.
Use this method has so many advantages, including the right to engage immediately in the small family meals and make him share in life together, from the point of view of practical and psychological, among other things, helps a lot serenity family .

But there is, in my opinion, however, a great danger to be avoided: the tendency for us heirs of those ancestors, for we know that we return to Nature after rationalization, dangerously ‘theoretical those practices that were once completely spontaneous and sincere, to channel everything, even in good faith, in codified rules to follow blindly without wondering in the meantime our beautiful why. That is not that adapt those principles to our experience unique and unrepeatable .
And ‘here, then, coming back again dance in the ancient and atavistic concept of common sense.
And therefore that, in spite of some purists , I use the blender or food processor to reduce cream rice and boiled vegetables (intestinal gas and my previous two have never suffered so it also seems the little one!) and I do not inflict corporal punishment if for once my son does not eat fish organic, but that of the local market. And what if I make the broth for the small is not said that to force the rest of the family should eat soup for dinner for the next 365 days, or that the puppy should strive to eat pasta with tomato chopped when drooling at the sight of a nice grated apple and lemon juice.

Doing so be careful not to get caught up too carried away by the temptations of this kind of fundamentalist heritage, aspects that, in my opinion, are absolutely extraordinary and commendable approach of dell’autosvezzamento are others:

– The autosvezzamento focuses his attention on listening and observation children , instead of doctors and theories written on obsolete tables pediatric.

– The autosvezzamento integrates solid food and breast milk on an ongoing basis and not competitive or, even worse, substitute: my son at this stage to eat a certain amount of baby food and after a while ‘still wants his feeding.

– The autosvezzamento is a method, so to speak, slow food as this requires that parents or for them, to come to the center before the time of the child, rather than planning aimed at adult needs (introduction to the nest, back to work …). But it is an approach to power that still has on his side a huge flexibility and ability to adapt to situations different from each other.
In fact,

– The autosvezzamento presupposes and supports the achievement of a certain laxity parental : No more neuroses and fears by inserting food and performance anxiety.

But above all the autosvezzamento highlights the value of anthropological and social importance for all of us the power.
Why fact wean is not only the child but the whole family around him in our case is an experience that involves all in a postitiva, helping, With her approach, respectful and tolerant, with the underlying thought that it inevitably brings with it, to know ourselves better, to respect and to join even more.

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