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This week's transatlantic vocabulary lesson

I was always a bit hazy on the circumstances under which "to wean" meant what. It's a good thing I've figured this out early and avoided confusing too many people as a result.

In Britain, one weans on to solids by introducing them.
In the US, one weans from any residual breastmilk or formula consumption, eliminating them from diet.

Two very different ends of the same spectrum.

P.S. Here's a headline from the BBC that only makes sense if one is focusing on the introduction of solids end of the spectrum: Weaning before six months 'may help breastfed babies'


Nov. 12th, 2012 10:55 pm (UTC)
Yes. We went the BLW (baby-led weaning) route and I had to explain to SO many American friends that no, I was not going to stop nursing Ciaran, we were just introducing solids.
Nov. 13th, 2012 12:10 am (UTC)
As long as I'm on the subject of language: it's so annoyingly redundant to read about baby-led weaning babies.
Nov. 13th, 2012 12:16 am (UTC)
Well, there's not another good term for it, so far as I know, at least not for the concept of finger-foods-only.
Nov. 13th, 2012 12:30 am (UTC)
"a self-feeding baby" was one phrase I saw suggested; but too late now!