#Podcast: DME with Carole Hervé

#Podcast : La DME avec Carole Hervé

In this podcast, Marion welcomes Carole, mother of 3 and lactation consultant. In the first episode on breastfeeding, she explained what the first days of breastfeeding were like, and what tips to put in place for successful breastfeeding. Today, Carole tells us about DME.

What is DME?

Child-led diversification (CDD) involves letting children eat on their own, independently, from the age of 6 months (when they can sit up and swallow properly). This method enables children to discover different foods and textures, and to let them savor them. In child-led diversification, the parent does not intervene: the child takes the food in his hand and brings it to his mouth.

With child-led diversification, foods are not blended or pureed: they retain their solid form. The parents offer him foods that are diversified, but still adapted to his age.

During DME, milk remains the mainstay of the child's diet until 2 years of age, and solid foods are initially just a small addition to the diet.

The important thing is to let the child go at his own pace. As a parent, if you feel that your child is not ready to diversify his diet at 6 months or more, it's best to wait. The child must show an interest in food for DME. It's a good idea to look at what appeals to your child when you're at the table with him/her.

Are there any risks for the child with DME?

Even if their teeth have not yet erupted at this age, studies show that children are still able to chew, crush with their tongues, suck etc...

Certain foods should of course be avoided, such as chickpeas, honey (before the age of 1 - honey can contain residual bacteria which can develop a disease affecting neurons), olives etc...

Contrary to what you might think, it's important to give milk first and foremost, followed by other solid foods.

DME gives children greater freedom, allowing them to go at their own pace and learn to appreciate all types of textures and tastes, since they are never forced to eat. With child-led diversification, children are more likely to appreciate a wide range of foods.

Listen to another podcast with Carole Hervé: The first days of breastfeeding

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