Alicia Silverstone and her baby feeding method

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My first instinct is ewwww. But then I realize that though we are highly evolutionized, we are still animals, just the same as the rest of the being son this planet. I can think of dozens of species, just off the top of my head, that feed their babies by regurgitating food, or by chewing it and feeding it to their baby mouth to mouth - or beak to beak... lol

Honestly, I think that as long as mom is healthy, there is no good reason why this would be wrong. Strange for humans, maybe, but not for the animal kingdom in general.

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EWWWWWW. I'm happy about modern inventions that allow us to skip this phase. There is no way I would be able to ignore the effects transferring my bacteria (in my mouth) to my kid's mouth would have on his teeth/gums.

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

My first instinct is ewwww. But then I realize that though we are highly evolutionized, we are still animals, just the same as the rest of the being son this planet. I can think of dozens of species, just off the top of my head, that feed their babies by regurgitating food, or by chewing it and feeding it to their baby mouth to mouth - or beak to beak... lol

Honestly, I think that as long as mom is healthy, there is no good reason why this would be wrong. Strange for humans, maybe, but not for the animal kingdom in general.

Hmmm, but on that logic it should also be quite exceptable then for moms to use their tongues to lick the snot out of their childrens and their own noses, eat each others feces, vomit up your food to re-eat it, and urinate on a potential mate to get his/her attention. Come on, you can't actually believe that this is OK just because animals do it? REally?

It is just so weird how people have connected being a good parent to extreme behavior for the sake of rebelling against the norm. There is no benefit to spitting your food in your childs mouth as opposed to mashing it up some other way. Between this and the pooping in garbage cans and BFing until your child is 7, I am at a loss for words.

Definitely Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww in my book.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Hmmm, but on that logic it should also be quite exceptable then for moms to use their tongues to lick the snot out of their childrens and their own noses, eat each others feces, vomit up your food to re-eat it, and urinate on a potential mate to get his/her attention. Come on, you can't actually believe that this is OK just because animals do it? REally?

It is just so weird how people have connected being a good parent to extreme behavior for the sake of rebelling against the norm. There is no benefit to spitting your food in your childs mouth as opposed to mashing it up some other way. Between this and the pooping in garbage cans and BFing until your child is 7, I am at a loss for words.

Definitely Ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww in my book.

Lana pretty much summed it up for me. Nasty.

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Yep I'm with Lana too. It's gross and there is no need for it.

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It doesn't really bother me. To each his own.

I don't think I would ever do the mouth to mouth. They brought this up on the radio yesterday and a TON of moms called in saying that they had pre-chewed food for their kids before.

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Um... This thread is slightly unbelievable. For sure ewww.

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"culturedmom" wrote:

Hmmm, but on that logic it should also be quite exceptable then for moms to use their tongues to lick the snot out of their childrens and their own noses, eat each others feces, vomit up your food to re-eat it, and urinate on a potential mate to get his/her attention. Come on, you can't actually believe that this is OK just because animals do it? REally?

Now wait - I made no mention of eating feces - let's stick to the actual question that I was referring to. Obviously that would be a health hazard and I would in no way advocate for that. I'm not even a crunchy kind of mom, but my point is that I see no harm in chewing your baby's food. I personally wouldn't do it, but I don't see anything wrong with it. And as for sucking the snot out of babies' noses - I actually know someone who does that. It's GROSS. But effective. It doesn't harm the child, but helps them. Again, I wouldn't do it, but I'm not about to go off spewing crap off at her for doing it... just because you believe something is gross doesn't necessarily make it wrong.

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

And as for sucking the snot out of babies' noses - I actually know someone who does that. It's GROSS. But effective. It doesn't harm the child, but helps them. Again, I wouldn't do it, but I'm not about to go off spewing crap off at her for doing it... just because you believe something is gross doesn't necessarily make it wrong.

If you saw the movie Babies (from 2010) where they document 4 babies from around the world, the African mother does just this. Culturally it's not typically done in America, but I'm sure this mother from the movie is not an isolated incident.

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A fork mashes most food quite well Smile

I don't have a problem with it and it is something that is common in other cultures, even today.

I think the "medical" arguments against it are pretty lame, but the ewww factor is fair enough.

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"kris_w" wrote:

A fork mashes most food quite well Smile

I don't have a problem with it and it is something that is common in other cultures, even today.

I think the "medical" arguments against it are pretty lame, but the ewww factor is fair enough.

What Kris said-- I've never had a need to do this, but it doesn't totally eeek me out. I don't think its wrong, just not my thing. And I can't see a valid medical argument for not doing it.....

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"kris_w" wrote:

I think the "medical" arguments against it are pretty lame, but the ewww factor is fair enough.

Being in microbiology class now, transferring Herpes Virus Simplex A is not lame at all. A lot of people have the virus and don't know it beause they have never had a cold sore outbreak, but they can still transfer it to their baby by kissing them on the lips or feeding them like a bird.

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EWWW! DD does not need my mouth germs.

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I'm pretty naive when it comes to nutrition, so I have a question. If we chew food and then spit it out, are we getting any of the nutrients out of it or is it just through digestion?

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"ethanwinfield" wrote:

I'm pretty naive when it comes to nutrition, so I have a question. If we chew food and then spit it out, are we getting any of the nutrients out of it or is it just through digestion?

Nutrition comes through digestion. The mom doesn't get any nutritional benefit from the food she gives to her child.

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"mommytoMR.FACE" wrote:

Being in microbiology class now, transferring Herpes Virus Simplex A is not lame at all. A lot of people have the virus and don't know it beause they have never had a cold sore outbreak, but they can still transfer it to their baby by kissing them on the lips or feeding them like a bird.

I agree. Herpes is not lame. BUT, there are tons of other things parents do all.the.time that could pass that to their child.

Chewing food is no more dangerous than kissing them (my babies ALWAYS kiss on the lips), sharing a cup or water bottle, sharing a fork or food (like a sandwich or something), popping a soother in your mouth to "clean" it off, putting your finger in their mouth (without meticulous hand hygiene if you do have herpes or pretty much anything else contagious for that matter)... I just don't think it is all that risky, let alone "dangerous" as they said in the OP article.

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I think Ewwwww! But not really something to get up in arms about. I couldnt imagine ever doing it myself, but then I dont pure foods for my babies anyways Smile

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"Sweet Pea Twins" wrote:

Now wait - I made no mention of eating feces - let's stick to the actual question that I was referring to. Obviously that would be a health hazard and I would in no way advocate for that. I'm not even a crunchy kind of mom, but my point is that I see no harm in chewing your baby's food. I personally wouldn't do it, but I don't see anything wrong with it. And as for sucking the snot out of babies' noses - I actually know someone who does that. It's GROSS. But effective. It doesn't harm the child, but helps them. Again, I wouldn't do it, but I'm not about to go off spewing crap off at her for doing it... just because you believe something is gross doesn't necessarily make it wrong.

You made the point that "we are still animals, just the same as the rest of the being son this planet." and that "I can think of dozens of species, just off the top of my head, that feed their babies by regurgitating food, or by chewing it and feeding it to their baby mouth to mouth ". So if your logic is one that it is OK because we are animals and other animals do it, then I think it is very fair to bring up other things animals do that we, being animals, should be fine to do as well. I'm just taking your logic to it's natural conclusion. This being a debate board, it is avery fair and common form of debate actually. Had you said that you just didn;t think it was gross, then that would be that, but you made a statment and I am arguing the ridiculousness of that statment, IMO.

And I absolutely think it is a health issue and if there are other ways then a parent should make use of them.

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Ummmm, this gets the big ol WTF from me. Really?

Now, i think people talking about the 'dangers' of it are a little paranoid and what not

but just....ewwww and why? And just.....WHY? (yeah i read the explanation in the article but still....i don't think babies are really missing out on something that important)

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It really doesn't bother me, to each their own. It's no worse than having wet lip kisses with your children, you're still swaping "germs". I've chomped on a peppermint and given DD a small piece before. I wouldn't chew her food for her all the time, so again really don't see any issue with this.

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I get doing whats necessary, i'm sure i've bitten pieces of food off for my kids before. Actually i know for certain i've done it with grapes.

But just like i wouldn't want my husband prechewing all my food and passing it on to me when its not neccessary....why would i want to do it to my child?

Taking bites to make things smaller is much different than fully prechewing food IMO. It just seems like * unnecessary* grossness.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

Ummmm, this gets the big ol WTF from me. Really?

Now, i think people talking about the 'dangers' of it are a little paranoid and what not

but just....ewwww and why? And just.....WHY? (yeah i read the explanation in the article but still....i don't think babies are really missing out on something that important)

I agree and maybe the reality of health issues are far less then the perception of them. And as I don't think I ever bit a piece of anything off to feed to my kids cause the thought yucks me out a bit, I can see how another parent might do that. And yeah I guess the health issues would be the same.

I just think it's horrendously gross. I mean past regular gross and moved onto disgusting, I-want-to-vomit gross. I will just say that if I had a freind who did that in front of me, I could not hang around her anymore. As mean as that sounds, but there is no way I could watch that and pretend like "to each is own".

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Oh I've totally done the bite things into pieces for my kids, too, Kim (especially grapes-- if we are at a park or outside or something and the family is eating grapes, I will totally bite them in half and then give them to our youngest LO.....) But I don't chew it up completely or anything close to that.

This just doesn't gross me out that much. And I think if you have herpes A or something, you've likely already transmitted it to your baby in 100 other ways......at least in my house.

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Yes i absolutely agree about the Herpes....there are so many opportunities to pass it along to a child you live with that this doesn't alarm me at all. And like i'm going to sit there and worry day to day that i might have it without showing symptoms and tailor my life to trying to avoid passing it on to my kids. Thats a bit much considering how easy it can be to transfer.

Most of the 'health issues' mentioned in the article had to do with dental issues? I think thats odd/interesting...but can't say that freaks me out.

For me this isn't so much like a 'OMG terrible mom going to pass something nasty to kid"...thats not why its gross to me

Its gross to me because prechewed to the point of mush food is nasty, and is a lot of saliva/spit sharing. That simply invokes a significant amount of grossness to me, regardless of how harmful/harmless it might be. And i would never do that...since i don't *have* to do it.

See to me, just the fact that I can't even fathom a reason for really needing to do this aside from being stranded in the wilderness with a toothless baby and a tough steak as my only source of nutrition.....makes it extremely strange and weird to do. I mean to do it at home or on a regular basis? Crazy and talk about time consuming and tedious.

I see no positives.....only weirdness.

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Ew. Gross. And, I just don't get it to be honest. I don't buy the whole 'other species premasticate' argument because we're, well, humans. Evolution has given us brains big enough to invent utensils and opposable thumbs, for Pete's sake. Yeah, I've bitten a grape in half when there was no knife around, but I sure as heck am not going to pre-chew everything and look like some ridiculous mother bird.

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"RebeccaA'07" wrote:

It really doesn't bother me, to each their own. It's no worse than having wet lip kisses with your children, .

It is nothing like giving your kids a kiss on the lips. One is gross and unnecessary, and one normal and healthy. I bite my kids grapes in half and whatnot all the time, this is way beyond that. I'm not easily skeeved, this doesn't bother me from a germs perspective, it just bothers me in the same way barefoot runners and the caveman diet and women wish giant swinging flappy breasts with no bra on bother me. It's 2012, get with the program. I'm also sick of celebrity Moms being weird and getting attention for their weirdness.

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"CamelNoodle" wrote:

If you saw the movie Babies (from 2010) where they document 4 babies from around the world, the African mother does just this. Culturally it's not typically done in America, but I'm sure this mother from the movie is not an isolated incident.

Just re-reading the beginning of this thread. I forgot about this.

I think this is a perfect example of what we are talking about here. I bet the African mother doesn't have easy access to an aspirator. So for her to suck the snot out? Fine....i can see the benefits in this situation.

Now a mother in a first world nation with an extra 1.25 in her pocket? If she resorts to sucking it out via her own mouth...i think thats weird and gross.

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"Potter75" wrote:

It is nothing like giving your kids a kiss on the lips. One is gross and unnecessary, and one normal and healthy. I bite my kids grapes in half and whatnot all the time, this is way beyond that. I'm not easily skeeved, this doesn't bother me from a germs perspective, it just bothers me in the same way barefoot runners and the caveman diet and women wish giant swinging flappy breasts with no bra on bother me. It's 2012, get with the program. I'm also sick of celebrity Moms being weird and getting attention for their weirdness.

She's been known to be beyond crunchy for a number of years, so it doesn't surprise that she does something like this. It just doesn't skeeve me out as much as the rest of you, I suppose. Again, I certainly won't be spitting food into my kids mouth but I don't care if she does it.

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Come on Rebecca, can't you admit it seems kind of stupid and a bit ridiculous because it serves no good purpose? Biggrin Maybe even a little attention seeking?

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Total attention ploy.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

Come on Rebecca, can't you admit it seems kind of stupid and a bit ridiculous because it serves no good purpose? Biggrin Maybe even a little attention seeking?

Especially when one is making videos and posting them publicly on YouTube...I have no problem with people choosing to do things I find odd. I assume they feel there is good cause (eat your placenta, chew your baby's food until they are 5, whatever), but I do have to wonder about their need to publicize such off-beat practices. I am happy for you to sit quietly and judge me for tossing my kids' placentas away willy nilly. No need to convert me. Smile

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I sold my kids placentas on ebay.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

Come on Rebecca, can't you admit it seems kind of stupid and a bit ridiculous because it serves no good purpose? Biggrin Maybe even a little attention seeking?

I can agree that it might be slightly attention seeking - only because, why is it neccessary to share that in public?

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She was feeding her 11 mo old miso soup (if I am remembering correctly as I watched the vid a few days ago). Why is it possibly necessary to pre-chew noodle soup for a kid that age? My SIL's nephew is 7 mos old and chewing steak. Not that I am saying every kid is like that, but a 11 mos most kids are eating lots of table food anyway. There is a big difference between biting a grape in half and pulverizing noodles for your almost toddler...on video. More power to her, but soooo unnecessary.

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Can I just say I now have the urge to vomit? Eat your placenta?

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"AlyssaEimers" wrote:

Can I just say I now have the urge to vomit? Eat your placenta?

mmmmm maybe with some fava beans and a nice chianti?

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"Khaki" wrote:

She was feeding her 11 mo old miso soup (if I am remembering correctly as I watched the vid a few days ago). Why is it possibly necessary to pre-chew noodle soup for a kid that age? My SIL's nephew is 7 mos old and chewing steak. Not that I am saying every kid is like that, but a 11 mos most kids are eating lots of table food anyway. There is a big difference between biting a grape in half and pulverizing noodles for your almost toddler...on video. More power to her, but soooo unnecessary.

Ok. I missed that. She was feeding the kid soup??? If I were to do that is would be to feed them meat or something like that... and at a much, much younger age. By 11-12 months, my kids have all been eating straight up table food without any special prep, never mind pre-chewing it!

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I haven't been here in ages and I miss all of you. I KNEW THIS TOPIC WOULD BE HERE!

Okay, what the hell? First of all, the transfer of germs from your own mouth is not doing your baby any favors. And it is totally attention-getting. And weird. We're not in Africa, she's in Hollywood. If the food needs mashing there are a hundred clean safe ways to do it. And if it's "to each her own" then why is this in the paper? Who is she doing it in front of?

There are no health benefits to this....and it's creepy. It's not like that one time when you're out with your baby/toddler and you can't cut something up so you bite it, which I have done with grapes when my kids were tiny. This is deciding on some "method" to prove what an enlightened natural parent you are, so other people will know, and choosing to do it with no regard to whether or not it actually benefits your kid.

That said, it's HILARIOUS! When someone posted this on Facebook I commented that I'm going to start doing it to my co-workers.

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Definitely eww. Get a freaking blender.

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Pretty gross. Like Laurie, I haven't been here in ages, and saw this and KNEW it was going to end up here.

So yeah, like some of you, I'm sure I have bitten off little pieces of food for T out of necessity, but the idea of doing it "just because" squicks me out. Why????