How Many Times a Day Should You Do Baby-Led Weaning (BLW)?

You should do baby-led weaning (BLW) 2-3 times a day for infants 4-8 months, 3-4 times a day from 8-12 months, and offer 3-4 meals, and 1-2 snacks a day after age 1 [1].

For the first couple of months of baby-led weaning, breastmilk/ formula remains the primary source of nutrition as babies cultivate their self-feeding skills. Over time, food will make up an increasingly large proportion of your child’s nutrition until they eventually wean off breastmilk/ formula. Formula-feeding is generally not necessary after age 1, however, you can continue to breastfeed up to age 2 (and beyond). Sustained breastfeeding offers a number of benefits for both mother and baby.

Table showing how many times a day you should do baby-led weaning

Learn more about how to get started with baby-led weaning (BLW) here.


[1] World Health Organization: WHO. (2019). Complementary feeding. http://www.who.int

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