Truly “Clueless?” Actress Alicia Silverstone has sparked debate among Moms, Dads and parenting experts over the unorthodox way that she feeds her 11-month-old son, Bear Blu.
Bear Blu is the first child for the starlet and her musician hubby, Christopher Jarecki.
Silverstone — an animal rights activist and devoted vegan — is at the center of a public relations pickle after she posted a vlog of her chewing up food and then feeding it to the unfortunately-named toddler.
On her blog The Kind Life, the ’90s “It Girl” wrote:
“I just had a delicious breakfast of miso soup, collards and radish steamed and drizzled with flax oil, cast iron mochi with nori wrapped outside, and some grated daikon. Yum! I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his. It’s his favorite…and mine. He literally crawls across the room to attack my mouth if I’m eating. This video was taken about a month or 2 ago when he was a bit wobbly. Now he is grabbing my mouth to get the food!”
Feeding the kid mouth-to-mouth, eh? Well, alrighty then. Harmless, right?
Well, that depends on who you ask. A host of health and nutritional experts tell Fox News that Alicia’s feeding time practices with Bear could have bacterial and perhaps even psychological ramifications in the years to come:
Dr. Jennifer Landa, M.D Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD says:
“There are those who think that a mom chewing a baby’s food provides helpful enzymes from her mouth but it doesn’t seem like a hygienic practice. Various viruses and bacteria, but especially herpes virus, may be passed from mother to baby. These microbes present a challenge that the infant’s immune system may not be ready for. So the practice is questionable for safety, and then, there’s a certain ick factor here that needs to be considered.”
Babble Deputy Editor Mira Jacob:
“A lot of moms chew a portion of their baby’s food; it’s often a very natural transition. But this just looks really funny, like Alicia is making out with her son. There is nothing terribly wrong with it, it just looks really weird.”
JJ Virgin, the resident Certified Nutrition Specialist of TLC’s Freaky Eaters, adds:
“Sounds like she is taking eating like a bird to the extreme. While this could help predigest some of it as we start carbohydrate digestion in the mouth it could also pass along any bad oral bacteria she has too. I think a food processor and a spoon are a better bet!”
Heather Lounsbury, founder of the website Live Natural Live Well, doesn’t see what all the fuss is about. According to Lounsbury, Bear would have already been exposed to any unsavoriness floating around inside Alicia’s system during his nine months in utero or through her breast milk.
“I’m sure Alicia is brushing her teeth regularly as to not expose her baby to bacteria in her mouth. It is dangerous to try and live in a completely sterile environment, because it’s impossible. And it doesn’t allow for the body to fight minor infections so it can fight more serious illnesses it may be exposed to.”
What do you think? It’s great that Alicia is an animal-loving vegan, but has she taken a bit too much inspiration from the animal kingdom for this strange feeding frenzy? Adult birds chew, partly digest and then regurgitate food for their young.