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Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:08 AM

Alicia Silverstone taps long tradition of pre-chewing baby food

http://www.csmonitor.com/The-Culture/Family/2012/0328/Alicia-Silverstone-taps-long-tradition-of-pre-chewing-baby-food

Alicia Silverstone taps long tradition of pre-chewing baby food

Alicia Silverstone: Birds do it, our ancestors did it. Pre-chewing baby food is a long human tradition not invented by Alicia Silverstone, whose video of her premasticating her toddler's food is grossing out people on the Internet.

By Stephanie Hanes, Correspondent / March 28, 2012

The Internet community is buzzing about a video of “Clueless” star Alicia Silverstone pre-chewing food for her 10-month-old son, Bear Blu, and then feeding him out of her own mouth. Ms. Silverstone posted the video on her own site, The Kind Life, and writes about the baby bird-like feeding method for her son.

“I fed Bear the mochi and a tiny bit of veggies from the soup…from my mouth to his,” Silverstone wrote on the site. "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!”

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A few experts, however, have pointed out that pre-chewing food is actually a fairly common technique around the world – especially during the weaning process – and that until the modern days of commercial baby food and the Cuisinart, most mothers used the technique.

Indeed, premastication is considered a fairly nutritious way of feeding young children, many researchers say, providing iron, increased immunity and improved digestion for infants. In a 2010 issue of the journal Maternal & Child Nutrition, for instance, authors Gretel H. Pelto, Yuanyuan Zhang, and Jean-Pierre Habicht argue that premastication plays a crucial role in infant health, and that its relatively recent abandonment, particularly in poor societies, is a significant threat to infant nutrition.

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Reply Alicia Silverstone taps long tradition of pre-chewing baby food (Original post)
bananas Apr 2012 OP
Tunkamerica Apr 2012 #1
Ecumenist Apr 2012 #2
Nay Apr 2012 #3
Bosso 63 Apr 2012 #4
Ron Obvious Apr 2012 #5
northoftheborder Apr 2012 #6
Ron Obvious Apr 2012 #8
Dead_Parrot Apr 2012 #9
jakeXT Apr 2012 #7
EvolveOrConvolve Apr 2012 #10
Warpy Apr 2012 #11
MormonReform Apr 2012 #12
GaYellowDawg Apr 2012 #13

Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:18 AM

1. A local news anchor here (with kids of her own) showed the video

a few weeks ago and remarked that it was somehow dangerous for the baby. Something about germs. Ridiculous.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 06:18 AM

2. When I first heard about all the hullaballou about her feeding her baby like this, I was

less than overwhelmed. THIS IS ANCIENT and in my family, IT IS COMMON!! Happens all over the world and PREDATES the gerber baby by MILLENIA! Nothing wrong with this as long as you don't have herpes lesions or anything else communicable that is pathogenic.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 09:57 AM

3. Not unusual. My friend, a biologist, did this with all 3 of his kids. That was 30 years ago. nt

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:17 AM

4. You could say its a "Blast from the Past".

Some cultures also premasticate food for elders who have lost their teeth.
Thanks to modern dentistry, we no longer need help with mastication as we grow older,
after all, who doesn't want to be able to masticate on their own?




http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0124298/

I loved that movie.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:33 AM

5. Baby food, though?

I understand this is an ancient tradition with regular food that would be hard for babies to handle, but with modern, mushy baby food? Surely that's not necessary at all.

I doubt that it's harmful, but I confess I do find the idea off-putting.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 11:26 AM

6. ditto, except I think it could be harmful re/virus, etc. which live in the mouth

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Response to northoftheborder (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 07:37 PM

8. Hard to say...

Like with breastfeeding, it might well be true that giving the baby's immune system an early workout would be beneficial. I suspect that over-cleanliness might well be a bigger problem than its opposite these days. We have so many auto-immune disorders in the world (asthma, MS, allergies) and I wonder if it isn't because the immune system wasn't initialised properly. From personal experience, children from the dirtiest households grew up to be the healthiest adults.

Sorry for the unscientific language. I'm a computer programmer, not a medical expert.

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Response to Ron Obvious (Reply #5)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 08:14 PM

9. I think that's just bad wording in the headline

She's pre-chewing normal food, not "proper" baby food.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 01:25 PM

7. Heard about it on the internets


Actress Alicia Silverstone said she feeds her baby by spitting in his mouth. I usually pay extra for that!
twitter.com/#!/realgilbert

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Fri Apr 6, 2012, 10:30 PM

10. Birds also shit on the ground

That doesn't mean I'm going to shit on the ground too.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sat Apr 7, 2012, 05:41 PM

11. Not doing it doesn't mean you're scrimping on nutrition

it just means we don't have to do it and we can take our kids to restaurants without grossing out the other patrons.

Yes, it's how women made baby food before there was stuff in the jars. No, it's not necessary in the first world.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Sun Apr 8, 2012, 04:07 PM

12. Beware of tooth decay

 

This practice also passes on bacteria from the parents mouth, like those that cause tooth decay.

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Response to bananas (Original post)

Mon Apr 9, 2012, 08:30 AM

13. Alicia Silverstone is a fucking idiot.

I saw her go on to David Letterman one time about how a cow can be a pet just like a dog or a cat. At that point, I knew two things about her: 1) she'd never spent any time on a farm and had no idea that cows are too big, messy, and stupid to be pets; b) she was perfectly willing to parrot anything that her stupid PETA buddies said to her without checking on it. Fucking idiot.

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