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March 28th, 2012, 09:03 PM
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So all over my FB today was a Youtube video of Alicia Silverstone (who I love BTW) feeding her son, who I believe is 10 months old. But she isn't using a spoon or even her finger, she is chewing the food in her mouth and then letting Bear eat out of her mouth with his.

So here is the video. What do you think about that style of feeding?

home video: breakfast with baby bear - YouTube
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March 28th, 2012, 09:12 PM
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It's not my cup of tea, but since I see no real harm in it, I think it's her business and it doesn't bother me enough to care.
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March 28th, 2012, 10:48 PM
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The only thing I've ever chewed for a kid was gum for my cousin because she didn't like the hard outer shell on it.

It's not my cup of tea. I have issues with food so though I watched it the minute her lil guy went for the food I had to close the window.
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March 28th, 2012, 11:35 PM
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Ditto Jillian. Not something I would do, but I don't see harm in it (provided she's not HIV positive or has other high risk communicable diseases or on high risk medications). I will frequently bite an orange slice or grape in half and give the smaller pieces to the baby. This is just a little more extreme.

If you look up premastication, it's actually quite common.

Premastication: the second arm of infant a... [Matern Child Nutr. 2010] - PubMed - NCBI
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March 29th, 2012, 06:11 AM
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Ditto Jillian.

I would not do it, I would take the food out of my mouth with my fingers and give it to baby.
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March 29th, 2012, 07:08 AM
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Yeah, I think that is kinda gross but I wouldn't criticize her for doing it. I've chewed food and fed it to my kids but never directly from my mouth, that kind of skeeves me out.
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March 29th, 2012, 07:22 AM
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Yeah, I think that is kinda gross but I wouldn't criticize her for doing it. I've chewed food and fed it to my kids but never directly from my mouth, that kind of skeeves me out.
Yeah, it skeeves me out too! I couldn't come up with the right word, but that is it!
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March 29th, 2012, 07:41 AM
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I'm jumping on the Jillian bandwagon. Not my thing and kinda gross, but nothing to be all up in arms over either.
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March 29th, 2012, 07:53 AM
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I'm with everyone too. When I watched it it didn't phase me at all, I've seen people do that and it's common in other cultures. I don't do that, but I don't see a big with it, provided she practices good hygeine which I'm sure she does.

A lot of the people on FB posting it were like "OMG she's so disgusting she's going to ruin her child!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"
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March 29th, 2012, 09:10 AM
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There is no benefit to it. A 10 month old baby should be, even IF you are one to introduce foods "late", chewing their own food to experience textures etc. If the kid doesn't have any teeth at that age, then you just don't give them stuff they can't mush up!
Besides that babies immune systems are not developed enough to get all the yuck that comes from a human mouth. Even if the mom breastfeeds that doesn't make the baby immune to all the viruses that a mouth can carry.

I'll leave this to the birds where it belongs, thanks.
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March 29th, 2012, 10:51 AM
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Alicia Silverstone: The way she feeds her son -- mouth-to-mouth -- is dangerous, some say - latimes.com

That is the article I read yesterday on the topic. From the article, it sounds like many doctors think there may be harm to her feeding technique, but there is some supporting evidence and some studies that say it can be beneficial. It sounds like a case of MANY parenting decisions we make. That said, add me to Team Jillian, as well. Not at all my cup of tea or something I would consider, but I don't care if she goes for it.

Also, that article irritated me because they called January Jones crazy for encapsulating (and taking the pills) her placenta. Not crazy, medically beneficial, and somewhat common (more common than premasicating your child's food, I would imagine).
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March 29th, 2012, 11:01 AM
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Doesn't skeeve me in the least. I've seen it(not that video, I mean the practice) before.
In most cases, the parents aren't actually chewing the food completely, the child still does produce enzymes, does chew the food, does process it properly. A heck of a lot more misinformation out there about it than there is information.

I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, lol, wouldn't expect it to be. But I don't find it gross, or anything remotely like that.
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March 29th, 2012, 12:19 PM
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So I'm the only one totally grossed out by this, huh? I certainly wouldn't want someone to chew up food and put it in my mouth via theirs, so why would I do that to my baby? Of course she's able to do whatever she wants with her own baby, and I'm not calling her a bad mom, but ewwwwwwww!
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March 29th, 2012, 12:55 PM
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It takes an awful lot to actually gross me out.

There are a lot of things parents do, that other parents(and non-parents) say "ewwww" to, or get grossed out/totally skeeved at the mere idea, much less the actual practice. Doesn't much phase me, really.
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March 29th, 2012, 01:21 PM
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So I'm the only one totally grossed out by this, huh? I certainly wouldn't want someone to chew up food and put it in my mouth via theirs, so why would I do that to my baby? Of course she's able to do whatever she wants with her own baby, and I'm not calling her a bad mom, but ewwwwwwww!
Oh no! It totally grosses me out But not to the point where I would call her crazy or a bad mom or even disgusting. If she can rationalize to herself, and there does seem to be some evidence in her favor?, then great! But I could never handle it (I can't even watch the clip) myself.
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March 29th, 2012, 01:37 PM
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March 29th, 2012, 02:35 PM
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There is no benefit to it. A 10 month old baby should be, even IF you are one to introduce foods "late", chewing their own food to experience textures etc. If the kid doesn't have any teeth at that age, then you just don't give them stuff they can't mush up!
Besides that babies immune systems are not developed enough to get all the yuck that comes from a human mouth. Even if the mom breastfeeds that doesn't make the baby immune to all the viruses that a mouth can carry.

I'll leave this to the birds where it belongs, thanks.
What is late? Her son is 10 months old, a baby doesn't really need food in the first year, so I wouldn't call that late. Purees are normally 1 texture, so I don't see the big deal in not experiencing texture by doing this either.

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So I'm the only one totally grossed out by this, huh? I certainly wouldn't want someone to chew up food and put it in my mouth via theirs, so why would I do that to my baby? Of course she's able to do whatever she wants with her own baby, and I'm not calling her a bad mom, but ewwwwwwww!
10 months old, which is how old Bear is, don't really care about things like that though. 12 year olds a lot of times don't want to hug or kiss their parents in public (or anywhere for that matter), but we don't hold back on it when they're little. There are many things I can think of that I wouldn't want someone to do to me now, but that I wouldnt' have cared if I was a baby. Breastfeeding is one of those things.
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March 29th, 2012, 02:43 PM
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To me it is gross, but doesn't make her a bad parent. But then again, who hasn't done something with their own kids that others think is gross? I am pretty sure anyone in Target who saw me eat something my son had chewed and spit out to be gross. But, I had no where else to put it so I disposed of it that way.
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I don't know, it really didn't gross me out that much. I have given my girls chewed gum before because they don't like it when it starts out really hot and minty. Now, I don't give it to them like a baby bird, but I really see no problem in what she does.
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March 29th, 2012, 03:39 PM
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She only gives him a little bit at a time. I'd be pissed if I was Bear.
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