You’re not going to believe this. The picture above is an image of actress Alicia Silverstone FEEDING (not kissing) her 11-month-old son, Bear Blu.
Detailed in a video clip on her blog, Alicia feeds Bear Blu by chewing up food until it’s nice and mushy and then deposits the gnawed chunks directly into his mouth. I think I’m going to puke.
Alicia hasn’t given a reason why she chooses to treat her child like a baby bird, but some cursory web research indicates some people believe that momma-chewed food provides babies with helpful enzymes. Uh, no. The human mouth is chocked-full of anywhere from 800 to 1,000 different types of bacteria, many of which an infant’s immune system isn’t prepared to combat.
I’m trying really hard not to judge another person’s parenting style, but this is over the top. Not only is this feeding method unsanitary and revolting, it crosses the line of appropriate behavior. The poor kid doesn’t know better than to think this is natural! Alicia is even quoted as saying her son, “literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating.”
Sorry, Alicia, but when it comes to proper feeding methods, I think you’re clueless.