Gross Or Not, I Didn’t Invent It, Says Alicia Silverstone
The “Clueless” star, Alicia Silverstone, is in news but for gross reasons. She recently uploaded a video clip on her website, The Kind Life, in which she was feeding her 10-month-old son, Bear Blu, mouth-to-mouth. In other words, she was pre-masticating the food before feeding it to her son. The video has offset a wave of outrage among the online community with people questioning her feeding technique. But there is more to the story:
1) Alicia and Her Baby
In the video clip, Silverstone is mashing up a portion of her son’s meal and then feeding it directly from her mouth to her son’s. She says, "This video was taken about a month of 2 ago when he was a bit wobbly, now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!” With that video Silverstone has joined the category of “quirky celebrity parents” who do everything from not using diapers for their kids to naming them as creatively as possible.
2) The Outrage
The reactions to Silverstone’s feeding method have invited extreme reactions on both ends of the pendulum. While some have said that there is no big deal about this feeding technique, some feel that this practice is plain outrageous. CNN.com commentator Sunnysout says, “Sometimes I think we need to just leave celebrities alone with their stupid baby names and gross ways of feeding their young. If the kid doesn't have teeth, he shouldn't be eating something that another person has to chew for them. Use a blender. I swear, sometimes it's just about being different that they seek. This is straight up gross...It would absolutely make me want to puke to chew my food then swap it to my child.”
3) The Support
Then there are others who feel that there is nothing strange about this feeding technique. Another commentator spoke in Silverstone’s favor, “[P]remasticating food was how our ancestors fed babies (before blenders). It's actually more natural than modern times and some anthropologists think this is how the human kiss came to be.” Another one comments, “It's unlikely that this form of feeding could cause any harm to the child, and quite likely that it will make the food easier to digest. It may seem unusual in our modern world, but there was a time before foods came pre-packaged and ready for a baby to eat. How do you suppose mothers fed their children during those times? Or did you imagine they went straight from breast-feeding to eating the same foods as adults?"
4) The Defense
Alicia’s website audience, however, is in her favor as they find her feeding method “charming and cute.” Others say that they themselves are using the same technique to feed their kids. One of them wrote on Silverstone’s website, “I did this with all three of my girls. It just seems so natural to me. I would chew, they would eat. For all of those that are concerned over hygiene. Don’t be. It’s your child, do what you feel is right...Love so much that you shared this!!!”
5) Alicia Speaks
On her part, Alicia never expected the outrage that her video clip has caused. She says, “People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands of years. It’s a weaning process…I think it’s adorable and it makes me laugh every time he does it. He attacks my mouth and I think it’s adorable. He also knows how to use his hands and he also eats regular food so when babies are weaning, he still breastfeeds. Some people think that’s disgusting too which is insane. It’s just a thing that has been going on for thousands of years.” With that she also clarifies that she feels no regret on posting the video online as she “wasn’t saying this was anything somebody should do.”
It is common knowledge that nutrition-minded parenting may harm your child and what Alicia is doing may border on extreme too. Nevertheless, now that you have read the whole story, what is your take on this feeding technique? Have you used it with your kids or would you want to? Write back and share your feelings on this. For those who haven’t seen the video yet, here is the clip:
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