In this podcast, Marion welcomes Carole, mother of 3 children and lactation consultant. In the first episode on breastfeeding, she explained us how the first days of breastfeeding went, what advice to put in place for a successful breastfeeding. Today, Carole tells us about DME.
What is DME?
Child-led diversification (CDD) consists in letting the child eat on his own, in autonomy, from 6 months onwards (age when he can sit up, and therefore swallow well). This method allows children to discover different foods and textures, and to let them savor them. In the child-led diversification process, the parent does not intervene: the child takes the food by himself in his hand and brings it to his mouth.
With child-led diversification, foods are not blended or pureed: they remain in their solid form. Parents offer foods that are diversified but still age-appropriate.
During the DME, milk remains the basis of the child's diet until 2 years of age, and at the beginning solid foods are only small additions to the child's 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 at 6 months or more to diversify his diet, then it is better to wait. The child must show interest in the food for DME. It is worth looking at what appeals to the child when you are at the table with him/her.
Are there any risks to the child with DME?
Even if their teeth are not yet out at that age, studies show that children are still able to chew, crush with their tongues, suck etc...
Certain foods should be avoided, such as chickpeas, honey (before the age of 1 year - honey may contain residual bacteria that develop a disease affecting neurons), olives, etc...
Contrary to what one might think, it is important to give milk first and foremost, and then come and offer other solid foods.
DME gives children more freedom, it allows them to go at their own pace, to learn to appreciate all types of textures and tastes since they are never forced to eat. There is a greater chance for the child to enjoy a wide range of foods with child-led diversification.
To listen to another podcast with Carole Hervé: The first days of breastfeeding
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