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Implementing a Baby-Led Approach to the Introduction of Solid Foods for All Babies

Part Two: Adapting BLW to Embrace Feeding Challenges

with Jill Rabin, M.S., CCC-SLP/L, IBCLC

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Course Description

Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) is a child-directed feeding approach that has gained popularity as an alternative way of transitioning babies to solid food feedings. With this method, babies are taught to self-feed table foods from the time they begin eating solids, versus the adult-directed method of being spoon-fed purees. Mere mention of the BLW approach can spark a heated and controversial conversation among medical professionals and feeding therapists who often deem this method as “dangerous.” Those reactions are only magnified when the prospect of using BLW with adaptations for babies with feeding challenges, such as Down syndrome, is mentioned.

The adapted baby-led weaning approach™ (ABLW) was developed by Jill Rabin in 2010. While this approach can result in a multitude of benefits for babies at risk for for or with feeding challenges, it needs to be implemented safely with a strong foundational feeding base. Through lecture, slides, and video instruction, participants will be instructed on how to safely transition at-risk babies to solids using the ABLW approach through discussion of populations that would benefit from this approach and how to use the size, shape and texture of different foods therapeutically to safely facilitate feeding skill development. The importance of a sensory motor feeding base, use of bridge devices and responsive feeding techniques as well as the importance of a collaborative team approach with pertinent medical and therapeutic professionals, will also be addressed.

This on demand course is valid for 1.75 hours of continuing education.

You will learn to:

  • Define Adapted Baby-Led Weaning and its key features.
  • List at least 2 ways to prepare for the introduction of solids in the first six months of life.
  • Describe the importance of postural stability to aid in self-feeding skills.
  • Explain the benefits of adapted baby-led weaning for babies with feeding challenges.
  • List how bridge devices are used to facilitate self-feeding and feeding skills in babies with feeding challenges.
  • Explain how to present different food shape, sizes and textures to work on feeding skills.

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What Past Students Have To Say:

  • "I enjoyed this webinar so much. The case studies in particular demonstrated the speakers' knowledge and care of their clients. They are both doing wonderful impactful work."
    Emily Jones, ST

  • "The speaker opened up my eyes about early feeding. For the baby, the focus should be on exploring food, not on the parent/feeder. The baby should be in control of what goes into his mouth and when. The parents should offer safe foods to be explored and engaged with at the child's pace."
    Julie Lake, OT

CEU Info

Certificates will be automatically issued for 1.75 hours of continuing education once course is fully completed. Check with your professional organizations' licensing bodies to determine exactly what may be accepted for you. This course is eligible for ASHA’s professional development hour requirements. You will not require ASHA pre-approval for this. See here [https://www.asha.org/certification/FactDef/] for more information. This course is eligible for AOTA credits. Please check your state’s guidelines for specific information about this continuing education activity may apply to your state’s CEU guidelines.


This intermediate level course is appropriate for occupational therapists, speech-language pathologists, physical therapists, assistants, educators, early intervention providers, parents/caregivers, and other professionals (social workers, nurses, registered dietitians, etc.) working with children with feeding challenges. Please contact us at [email protected]  with any needs regarding accommodations.



Jill Rabin is a pediatric speech pathologist and international board-certified lactation consultant who has been working with the 0- to 3-year-old population since 1986. She is based in the north suburbs of Chicago where she has a private practice working with young babies and their families to evaluate and provide treatment for feeding and speech/language issues. Her areas of specialty include facilitating breastfeeding in at-risk populations such as preterm infants, babies with tethered oral tissues and babies with Down syndrome and using the Adapted Baby-Led Weaning Approach™ to transition babies with feeding challenges to solids. She advocates for responsive and child-directed feeding approaches to improve feeding skills in infants and babies with feeding aversion. She coauthored a book entitled Your Baby Can Self-Feed, Too! with Gill Rapley about the Adapted Baby-Led Weaning Approach™ (ABLW) which she developed in 2010. She has been featured on multiple podcasts regarding breastfeeding and bottle refusal, breastfeeding and Down syndrome and use of her Adapted Baby-Led Weaning Approach™ (ABLW) which she developed in 2010. She speaks nationally and internationally on these topics. She teaches virtual classes about transitioning to solids for neurotypical babies and an adapted baby-led weaning course for parents of babies with feeding challenges. She moderates a monthly Zoom group for breastfeeding, pumping and expectant moms with babies with Down syndrome and leads a weekly language group and monthly virtual group for babies with Down syndrome through GiGi’s Playhouse-Deerfield.

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Refunds must be requested writing and will incur a $15 fee. We are unable to give refunds after more than 10% of the course has been viewed. If the Get Permission Institute or speaker should need to cancel, course fees will be refunded or transferred to another course at the discretion of the participant.