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A first-time-mum has chosen to educate, rather than retaliate, against keyboard warriors who constantly shame her over the amount her eight-month-old baby eats.

Lauren Young and her baby daughter Lilah have a following of more than 170,000 on TikTok, where the pair share everyday life videos, as well as baby led weaning meals. Lauren serves up delectable dishes to Lilah, including potato curry, turkey gnocchi and Sunday roast, complete with Yorkshire pudding.

But the amount of food on the baby’s plate has raised the ire of some followers. One writing: “That’s far too much food for a child that age.”

@lozzijReply to @borderline.beaut Can you ever eat too many veggies?! ???? ##blw ##babyledweaning ##babyfood ##sundaydinner ##babiesoftiktok ##dinner ##preffy ##fyp♬ Glowing Up – Cynthia Erivo

 

Baby led weaning method

Lauren, taking the high ground, chooses to educate those who don’t understand how her daughter feeds.

“We always serve her more rather than less just in case any ends up on the floor,” Lauren explains. “And because she feeds herself, she only eats as much as she wants to. She’s just got a good appetite.”

Lauren chose to start Lilah on solids using the baby led weaning method. This means going straight into finger foods, rather than feeding babies puree and mashed meals. Babies lead their own weaning process by feeding themselves right from the start of their solids journey.

Eight Month Old Baby Led Weaning

Another follower took exception to little Lilah feeding herself, rather than being fed by her mum. “You should feed her. She’s too small to eat on her own. It’s frustrating for her. Please feed her.”

Again, Lauren explained that Lilah is quite comfortable controlling her own mealtimes. “She’s been feeding herself since we started baby led weaning at six months and we’ve never had to help her. Feeding herself isn’t frustrating for her at all and it actually helps develop motor skills. She has so much fun at mealtimes. And because she feeds herself it helps regulate appetite control.”

We love that this mum and bub combo choose to take the high ground and inform rather than inflame the situation. Bravo!

Did you try baby led weaning with your baby? 

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  • I feel that babies stop eating when they are full. There is no way that baby could physically put all that food in her tummy but she may enjoy trying different bits of food, taking a bite then trying something else. People need to let each parent do as they please & realise there usually isnt a “right” & “wrong” way

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  • I never heard of this before and I don’t know of anyone else who’s heard of it either. I love that this Mum doesn’t take offence or get upset if people don’t agree with her methods too.

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  • I hadn’t heard of it when my babies were little although my nephews and friends babies have all done it recently and seems to work.

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  • No I didn’t and my kids are happy eater now.

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  • No, I didn’t. But I do understand she’s giving her baby options to eat what she wants and as much as she wants.

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  • Well done, Mum and bub! I do baby led weaning, but have the opposite- he will not eat much at all (except for pasta, but who doesn’t devour that?) but he will eat when he wants.

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  • Looks like a very happy healthy baby to me. Too many options from people who really should keep their options to themselves.

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  • God those do gooders are painful. She looks like a beautiful, healthy, happy bub! And good on mum for letting her be independent.

    Wish my toddler ate that well!!! He’s such a fuss pot!

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  • My gosh so many people with opinions. Honestly the baby looks happy and content so seems to be working okay. As for the amount of food, my experience is that baby usually knows when they have had enough. Leave the mum alone – sounds like she knows what she is doing and doing a great job too!

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  • Each to their own. BLW is good for some babies, tried it with my second son and it’s been a blessing, had reservations at first but best decision My husband and I made, my son eats everything it’s the best.

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  • Never had baby led weaning when I was doing it. You started with bland cereal and breast milk and worked your way up. I like this though. But seems happy and healthy. No doubt when she’s older she’ll develop fussyness

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  • People need to mind their own!!! I did a mix of blw and spoon feeding. Still do depending on what the meal is. But how much your baby eats isn’t something for others to be concerned about

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  • People really need to just stop. Clearly she’s not overweight. Generally babies will b only eat what they need.

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  • I love this. We did baby led weaning, our daughter is such a good eater and mealtimes are not stressful at all! I did have to put up with comments from others about how we should feed her but I stuck to my guns.

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  • Good on her Mumma, she won’t over eat and BLW real food helps them to see food as it is in its everyday state.

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