Child Nutrition Programs & School Nutrition

Public Health and Wellness

FNCE 2018

164. Baby Knows Best: The Evidence and Controversy of Baby-Led Weaning

Tuesday, October 23
9:45 AM - 11:15 AM
CE: 1.5

Session Level 2 - Intermediate

Baby-led weaning (BLW) is an approach to introducing complementary foods where babies eat whole foods from their first bite. Unfortunately, BLW is not well established in the dietetics profession, leaving new parents to obtain their information from mainly unreliable, non-scientific sources. It is therefore imperative that RDNs not only understand what baby-led weaning is, but be able to provide scientifically backed guidance on how to do BLW safely and effectively to promote growth and wellbeing. The session today is aimed at precisely that: to use the scientific evidence to provide professional-level information on what BLW is and everything it entails; discuss reasons parents are choosing this approach; identify cases where BLW isn’t appropriate; and finally evaluate why babies are not more at risk of choking nor more at risk for nutritional deficiencies with this approach, as long as they’re proceeding safely.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Need Codes:

  • 3050 - Feeding, swallowing, dentition
  • 4150 - Infancy and Childhood (stages of life cycle)
  • 5070 - Pediatrics (client population)

Jessica Coll, RD, IBCLC

Jessica is a registered dietitian, lactation consultant (IBCLC) and entrepreneur. Her interest and expertise in infant nutrition comes from over 10 years of practice and the invaluable practical experience with her own 2 children. Jessica believes that babies as young as 6 months old are able to feed themselves with whole foods and deserve the very best nutrition to get them on the path to a healthy lifestyle. She is recognized for her Baby Led Weaning expertise, having founded the International Baby Led Weaning Network of Registered Dietitians in 2016 with now more than 130 dietitian members in 13 countries. She has taken her passion and turned it into a thriving enterprise, promoting, teaching and supporting other dietitians.

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Diana K. Rice, RDN, LD

Diana K. Rice, RDN, LD, is known as The Baby Steps Dietitian and is the founder of Diana K. Rice Nutrition, LLC, a counseling and consulting company with the mission of helping individuals and families eat well and reduce the stress surrounding their food choices. She specializes in pre- and postnatal nutrition as well as feeding young children and is a strong advocate for cooking with kids, family meals, and body positivity. She is based in St. Louis, MO, where she is mom to two girls and teaches local baby-led weaning workshops. She studied dietetics at the University of Northern Colorado, completed her dietetic internship with Cedar Crest College and also holds a degree in journalism from New York University.

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Meghan McMillin, MS, RDN, CSP, LDN, CLC

Meghan McMillin holds a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and Board Certified Specialist in Pediatric Nutrition (CSP). Further, Meghan pursued advanced training in lactation and earned her Certified Lactation Counselor (CLC) credential from the Healthy Children's Center for Breastfeeding. Meghan currently works as a clinical dietitian at a large university hospital system covering the women’s, NICU, and pediatric units and is the principal dietitian for their outpatient pediatric nutrition clinic. Meghan is also the owner of Mama & Sweet Pea Nutrition, a private nutrition practice and consulting company specializing in prenatal, postpartum and infant care. Meghan is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including the Women's Health, Pediatric, and Integrative and Functional Medicine practice groups.

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Jessica Coll, RD, IBCLC

Jessica is a registered dietitian, lactation consultant (IBCLC) and entrepreneur. Her interest and expertise in infant nutrition comes from over 10 years of practice and the invaluable practical experience with her own 2 children. Jessica believes that babies as young as 6 months old are able to feed themselves with whole foods and deserve the very best nutrition to get them on the path to a healthy lifestyle. She is recognized for her Baby Led Weaning expertise, having founded the International Baby Led Weaning Network of Registered Dietitians in 2016 with now more than 130 dietitian members in 13 countries. She has taken her passion and turned it into a thriving enterprise, promoting, teaching and supporting other dietitians.

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