Alicia Silverstone feeds her bear mouth to mouth


mentalfloss
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Alicia Silverstone chews food for her 11-month-old child, Bear Blu

Celebrities have a tendency to be a little on the quirky side, but is "Clueless" star Alicia Silverstone (external - login to view)’s unique method of feeding her 11-month-old son Bear Blu clever or, well, clueless?

The actress and animal rights activist posted a video (external - login to view) herself feeding her son breakfast on her popular health food website TheKindLife.com (external - login to view) over the weekend.

“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,” Silverstone wrote. “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!”

The video shows the actress taking a spoonful of food, chewing it, and then passing it open-mouth to her little one.

Which may not be such a great idea, say some medical and nutrition experts.

“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 (external - login to view) virus, may be passed from mother to baby,” Dr. Jennifer Landa, M.D Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD (external - login to view) told FOX411’s Pop Tarts column. “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.”

Dallas-based family therapist Melody Brooke said the bigger question was whether it is appropriate, on a psychological level, for a toddler to be diving at their mom’s mouth for food. Mira Jacob, deputy editor of parenting site Babble.com (external - login to view), noted that while the concept itself isn’t all that unique, it does come across as – odd.

“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,” Jacob mused. “There is nothing terribly wrong with it, it just looks really weird.”

Even JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and star of TLC’s “Freaky Eaters,” was a little freaked out.

“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,” Virgin said. “I think a food processor and a spoon are a better bet!”

On the flipside, Heather Lounsbury, founder of LiveNaturalLiveWell.com said the Silverstone’s baby would have already been exposed to anything mom might have through being carried inside her and 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,” Lounsbury said. “And it doesn't allow for the body to fight minor infections so it can fight more serious illnesses it may be exposed to.”

The interesting feeding approach has generated mostly positive reactions from Silverstone’s blog followers.

“I had never thought of this before but it's the cutest way of feeding your baby! I have a 7 month old and I think I will try this method...she is always trying to lick my mouth anyways might as well give her a reward,” commented one fan, while another wrote that it was “so sweet.”

Jackie Keller, executive chef of Los Angeles healthy food company NutriFit still thinks such behavior would be better suited in the wild.

“I've never seen anything like this – except in the animal world where birds and some other species pre-chew their offspring's food,” she added. “I wonder what benefit there could possibly be to the child and the mom? Certainly there is no scientific literature that I'm aware of that promotes this type of behavior among humans.”

A rep for Silverstone did not respond to a request for comment.

Alicia Silverstone Chews Food For Her 11-month-old Child, Bear Blu | Fox News (external - login to view)
 
petros
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WTF? This is 100% normal. Those complaining must be the ones suckered into spending $100 on a Magic Bullet blender.
 
CDNBear
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Bear being a proper noun, it's capitalized Fuzzy.

Just sayin'.

Post #1566770 - Re: Alicia Silverstone feeds her bear mouth to mouth (external - login to view) Bad Cannuck



Wow, I didn't realize I left you so butt hurt little Jimmy. I'd apologize, if you didn't make PWN'ing you so much fun. I blame your admitted stupidity.
 
eh1eh
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

WTF? This is 100% normal. Those complaining must be the ones suckered into spending $100 on a Magic Bullet blender.

Oh really? I thought mammals were supposed to do it like 2 girls 1 cup. Chewing it first is gross.
 
petros
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Quote: Originally Posted by eh1ehView Post

Oh really? I thought mammals were supposed to do it like 2 girls 1 cup. Chewing it first is gross.

Have you seen one man and jar? Other mammals would never do something so stupid.
 
eh1eh
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Quote: Originally Posted by petrosView Post

Have you seen one man and jar? Other mammals would never do something so stupid.

I've seen that one. You're right. Humans are sub-mammalian in that respect.
 
petros
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Hell yes. To bad we weren't born with teeth so we could eat raw meat and grow 20X our birth weight in one year. Get **** over with quick.
 
mentalfloss
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Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBearView Post

Bear being a proper noun, it's capitalized Fuzzy.

Just sayin'.

I'll remember for next time.

In the meantime, how hot is it going mouth to mouth with Alicia?
 
Spade
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It is normal; part of human evolution. Blenders ain't normal.
 
spaminator
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she should be chewed out.
 
CDNBear
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Quote: Originally Posted by mentalflossView Post

I'll remember for next time.

In the meantime, how hot is it going mouth to mouth with Alicia?

Besides the fact that Alicia' not my cup-o-tea. I'm Not Bear Blu.
 
SLM
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Quote: Originally Posted by CDNBearView Post

Besides the fact that Alicia' not my cup-o-tea. I'm Not Bear Blu.

More of a furry brown I'd say.

And the stache is very dignified btw. Lol.
 
L Gilbert
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"Alicia Silverstone chews food for her 11-month-old child, Bear Blu"

Yeah, so?

What's weird is the names celebs attach to their kids:

The 20 Most Bizarre Celebrity Baby Names | Cracked.com (external - login to view)
 

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