I’ll admit it: Mason and I can be a little gross at mealtime. One of his favorite things to do is feed me food from his plate–and sometimes he chews it up before he sticks it into my mouth. And I eat it. But we’ve never done the food swapping thing in reverse. That is, I’ve never chewed up my food and then fed it to him. I don’t want to give him my germs, but it’s inevitable that I’ll get his germs, regardless of whether I eat his chewed up food, because he uses me as a tissue and/or vomit bag whenever he’s sick.
So I’m sort of fascinated/freaked out by this video of actress Alicia Silverstone feeding her 11-month-old son Bear Blu. In it, the devoted vegan chews up bits of Miso soup and then essentially spits the food into her kid’s mouth. I’m all for a mama feeding her baby–hello, breastfeeding!–but this is just a little too far-out for my taste. There are the germs, which is the biggest issue with this feeding method, says Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s chief medical editor. Then there’s the fact that little Bear should be focused on learning how to feed himself finger foods at this stage of development, not eating mushy scraps from his mom’s mouth. There’s also the ick factor of how the interaction looks on video, “like Alicia is making out with her son,” according to one parenting editor quoted on Yahoo Shine.
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