Celebrity parenting gone bizarre

From Alicia Silverstone's strange method of feeding her son to January Jones' penchant for eating her placenta, SheKnows Parenting explores some out-of-the-box celebrity parenting methods.

Attachment parenting

Mayim Bialik has admitted that she's certainly not the Hollywood type and when it comes to parenting — she follows her own rules. She and her husband have subscribed to the attachment parenting style of raising their two sons Miles, 6, and Fred, 3-1/2.

For one, she's still breastfeeding her youngest son. In a blog on kveller, she defended the fact that she's still nursing Fred, writing: “I never ever believed that I would be nursing a child over the age of 3. But now that I am, I believe when he is done, he will be done. I believe that nursing is natural and beautiful and wonderful. I also believe that there is nothing wrong with nursing Fred.”

Mayim Bialik says she leads a "simple life" >>

Bird-like feeding techniques

Alicia Silverstone has taken some heat for posting a video of herself feeding her baby Bear Blu chewed-up food from her mouth. In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Alicia explained: "I do want to let you know that this has been going on for thousands of years — still going on all over the place — and it’s natural.”

Of this bizarre method called premastication, Alicia revealed, "It’s a part of the weaning process so while I’m still breastfeeding it’s just a way to introduce him to food when he doesn’t have teeth… and he can’t chew."

Placenta intake

January Jones is not the first celebrity to eat her own placenta. Way back before daughter Suri was born, Tom Cruise revealed to The Mirror, “I’m gonna eat the placenta. I thought that would be good. Very nutritious. I’m gonna eat the cord and the placenta right there.”

January is the latest to come forth about this interesting method of gaining nutrients; therefore she is in the spotlight about it. January told People, "I have a great doula who makes sure I'm eating well, with vitamins and teas, and with placenta capsulation. It's something I was very hesitant about, but we're the only mammals who don't ingest our own placentas."

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She added, "It's not witch-crafty or anything!" Once thing's for sure: We'd much rather consume our placentas in the form of a capsule like January versus mixed into a smoothie or a snack. Eeww.

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Photo credit: Mayim: FayesVision/WENN.com; Alicia: WENNCHELLA/WENN.com; January: Andres Otero/ WENN.com


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Comments on "Weird celebrity parenting methods"

Robbie January 08, 2013 | 9:54 PM

Typical Hollyweird!

Laura November 02, 2012 | 2:55 PM

Molly is apparently not a mom!! While pre-chewing and placenta eating are out of the norm, I wouldn't be so quick to judge. But calling attachment parenting "weird"? Seriously? I call it natural, and we'd have a much luckier set of babies in this country if more people subscribed to attachment parenting! Most people have preconceived notions about it without having any idea what it is about. Do some research so you know what you are talking about! Further, the average age of weaning worldwide is 4.2. Breastfeeding a 3.6 year old is normal! I'd venture to say its our culture that is "weird" to not implement natural and instructive parenting!

Leslie June 11, 2012 | 8:03 AM

Hmm the placenta eating is a little weird, but atleast it's in a capsule form. I also think it's weird to chew up your childs food like Alicia Silverstone does. It seems like they could get germs that way. I am going to wait until my child has teeth before introducing food.

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