Whereas the term "weaning" in the UK and Europe refers to gradual introduction of foods that eventually replace breast milk or formula, here in the US it sometimes can be confused with the motion of moving the baby off of breastmilk or formula in favor of solid food. BLW operates under the assumption that babies are still receiving the majority of calories from breastmilk or infant formula, but are learning how to eat solid foods simultaneously.
In the US, a growing number of parents are adopting BLW as a more natural way to introduce foods that allows children to regulate intake and that fosters a greater sense of independence in eating. As Rapley and Murkett so eloquently put it in their book:
"It's not that there's anything wrong with spoon-feeding, it's just not necessary."