Dr Alison Spence

Dr Alison Spence

Alison is a Lecturer in Nutrition and Population Health, Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition, Deakin University. Her work focuses on nutrition promotion for families with young children.

Location Deakin University, Geelong, Australia


  • An interesting question, Emily. The evidence on BLW is still quite limited and growing, so not conclusive on this point, but I did find this paper which may be relevant: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29205569/. They found that there was no difference in ever choking between those who were fed traditionally vs “loose BLW” (i.e. combined), vs BLW, but there...

  • For anyone who finds sharing of recipes helpful, you might be interested in this new website of nutritious, evidence-based, budget-friendly recipes: https://www.cookwelleatwell.org.au/pages/recipes-factsheets
    These are designed for the whole family, with a focus on veg, and there’s plenty here appropriate to young children - just leave out any salt, stock or...