Alicia Silverstone on Fire for Chewing Food for Baby
Alicia Silverstone is on fire for a video on her website that shows her chewing food and passing it straight to Bear’s mouth in a bird-like style.
“I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his,” she wrote. “It’s his favorite…and mine. He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating.”
While some fans thought that the video was adorable, some critics disagree. “Various viruses and bacteria, but especially herpes virus, may be passed from mother to baby.” Dr. Jennifer Landa tells Fox News, “These microbes present a challenge that the infant’s immune system may not be ready for.”
Pre-chewing food for babies is not a novel concept. In fact, it’s a common practice in countries and areas where people do not have access food blenders and processors. In this case, Dr. Elke Maritz explains, “Most people probably didn’t know the possible risks involved.” She added, “Due to its long history and cultural acceptance, pre-mastication seems to be considered so harmless and natural by caregivers that they tend not to mention it during health interviews, or suspect that there could be something wrong with this feeding method.”
Understandably, there are risks involved in anything you feed your baby. Is the uproar reasonable, or is this all simply an overreaction based on germaphobe tendencies?