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Demand weaning: infants' answer to professionals' dilemmas

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Martin Ward Platt



Few matters in childcare are more emotionally charged than the "when", "what" and "how" of introducing solid foods to the infant diet. And of these, it is the "when" that has been the main focus of official advice from authoritative professionals for the last 50 years or so, as we have sought a rational basis for telling mothers when they are allowed to give their children solids for the first time. Interestingly, neither the mothers nor the babies have taken much notice of this officious advice, and most have quietly gone their own way even if it means fibbing a little to their general practitioner, health visitor or paediatrician to avoid judgmental remarks.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Ward Platt MP

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archives of Disease in Childhood

Year: 2009

Volume: 94

Issue: 2

Pages: 79-80

ISSN (print): 0003-9888

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2044


DOI: 10.1136/adc.2008.150011

PubMed id: 19158134