Gill Rapley, PhD

Gill has over 35 years’ experience in infant feeding, as practitioner, teacher, writer and researcher. She qualified originally as a health visitor / public health nurse and practiced for 20 years, branching off briefly to train and practice as a midwife. She became a voluntary breastfeeding counsellor in 1986 and a lactation consultant in 1994, then worked for 14 years with the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative.

Gill’s Master’s studies in 2001/2 revealed that babies naturally begin to feed themselves with solid food at around six months, given the opportunity. Her doctoral research, completed in 2015, compared spoon feeding of purees with self-feeding of graspable foods, and highlighted some important differences.

Gill is known worldwide as the pioneer of baby-led weaning (BLW). She is the co-author, with Tracey Murkett, of four books on parenting, beginning with the definitive Baby-led Weaning: Helping your baby to love good food, published in 2008.