How Common Is Choking With BLW (Baby-Led Weaning)?

Baby-led weaning (BLW) has not been shown to increase choking risk compared to traditional spoon-feeding [1]. Observational research indicates that 13.6% of infants ever experience choking, regardless of weaning method, however, this is derived from self-reported data [2]. (Read about the difference between choking and gagging here).

Baby sitting in a high chair eating apple sauce with a spoon.

[1] Fangupo, L. J., Heath, A. M., Williams, S. M., Erickson Williams, L. W., Morison, B. J., Fleming, E. A., Taylor, B. J., Wheeler, B. J., & Taylor, R. W. (2016). A Baby-Led Approach to Eating Solids and Risk of Choking. Pediatrics, 138(4), e20160772.

[2] Brown A. (2018). No difference in self-reported frequency of choking between infants introduced to solid foods using a baby-led weaning or traditional spoon-feeding approach. Journal of human nutrition and dietetics : the official journal of the British Dietetic Association, 31(4), 496–504.

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