We all know that babies can't chew their food by themselves and need some help from their parents.
However, Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone apparently thought her child needed extra help.
The 35-year-old mother posted a video on her blog feeding her 11-month-old son, Bear Blu. But this wasn't just any ordinary feeding session. She chewed vegetables and mochi, which is a Japanese rice cake, in her own mouth and then transfered the food to her son directly from her mouth to his.
She 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!"
Many people have commented on the video saying that it's unhygienic and unsanitary.
According to Dr. William Schaffner, chairman of preventive medicine at Vanderbilt University, the method isn't as unhealthy as it might appear.
He said, "For conventional germs this is not a big issue. When we kiss our babies, the bugs that we all have resident in our mouths are likely to be transmitted to the baby."
Schaffer did say that this feeding process would be harmful if the mother has an infection, which could be passed on to the child.
However, Keith Ayoob, an associate professor of pediatrics at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York doesn't think this pre-chewing food is a good idea at all.
Ayoob said, "That falls into the category of above-and-beyond parenting. The child needs to learn how to chew. The list of reasons for not doing this is miles long."
What's your take: gross, or not that big of a deal?
SOURCE: ABC News