Silverstone, the mother of a 10-month-old son she calls Bear, recently revealed on her website that she fed Bear by first chewing food in her mouth before transferring the food to 10-month-old Bear’s mouth.
In other words, Silverstone feeds Bear like a bird by first masticating her food. I thought idea was to teach children how to eat food on their own.
“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!” writes Silverstone on her website.
“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!”
Despite an article, “Premastication: the second arm of infant and young child feeding for health and survival”, published in the journal of “Maternal & Child Nutrition,” claiming this odd practice helps to boost a child’s immunity, there are clearly some very real biological hazards and even questions on a psychological level.
“Various viruses and bacteria, but especially herpes virus, may be passed from mother to baby,”Dr. Jennifer Landa, M.D Chief Medical Officer of BodyLogicMD told FOX.
“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,”Landa said.
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.
JJ Virgin, Certified Nutrition Specialist and star of TLC’s “Freaky Eaters,”thinks a food processor and a spoon are a better bet!
“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.”
Fox adds that Heather Lounsbury, founder of LiveNaturalLiveWell 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”