The Alicia Silverstone Issue:Or Shouldn't We Support, Not Attack, Good Parents?

6 years ago

Seems Alicia Silverstone isn't clueless about feeding her baby.

A few weeks ago, the beautiful actress posted a video on her website, The Kind Life, of her pre-chewing food and then slipping it into her son Bear's mouth via her mouth. (You can view the video by clicking the link.)

She wrote on her blog, and I quote:

    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.

People went so wild you would have thought she'd fed him from the garbage can.

One comment on her blog called her feeding method absurd.

Another news title noted her as 'wacky.'

Even Jimmy Kimmel got in on the action, asking parents to serve children pre-chewed food and then upload their responses via video to YouTube.

While the thought of pre-chewing baby's food might turn some stomachs, the actual act of this, known as mastication, has been around for centuries. In fact, one report by the US National Library of Medicine National Institute of Health showed when poor communities stopped mastication, children suffered more problems with inadequate nutrition. Remember, not all countries - or even homes - are blessed with enough money or resources to purchase baby food.

And even if we can afford prepackaged foods or healthy, nutritional meals that we can whirl around in a blender until they're liquid enough for baby to eat on his own, why do people feel the need to attack a mom for making a parenting choice that isn't hurting her child?  The negativity and hurtful comments toward Silverstone, who clearly loves her child, is more upsetting to me than her feeding methods.

To me, this is like all other baby-rearing decisions that seem to pit moms against moms and dads against dads and parents against parents. Natural birth or epidural? Breastfeed or bottle feed? Cloth diapers or store brand? Breastfeed until child is six months, one year or able to order his own food? Organic food or regular baby food, co-sleeping or not even sharing the same room, homeschool or public school or private school, oh my!

Whatever the parenting topic, it seems we must choose sides. Agree only with our side. Fight against the other side.

Even when we are all doing positive, good things for our children.

Why? I didn't understand this when I had my first daughter and I don't understand it today.

So Silverstone chews up her baby's food and then feeds it to him from his mouth? It's not something I did or am going to do, but she's making a choice to give her child healthy food, and to her and her family this is the right choice. Who am I to judge and attack her choice?

I believe we should support, not attack, moms who are trying their best to raise safe, healthy and happy children.

What do you think?

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Kathy

ModernMoms' Place

Mama Marathoner

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