During Alicia Silverstone's speech on veganism and animal rights at the University of Central Florida (2/3/2011).Photo Credit: By ATrumbly/flickr
Every time I've seen Alicia on talk shows as herself, she seemed as little "strange" in a good-natured way. She lives in an echo-friendly home in Los Angeles and is a vegetarian. She is a known animal rights activist and environmentalist.
All the above-mentioned things about Alicia are different in a good way. However, her recent revelation that she bird-feeds her 11-month old son Bear Blu (strange name, why do celebrities like to use the word Blue as a name--Beyonce, John Travolta, Alicia Silverstone) comes as a shock to me. It also looks and seems entirely inappropriate and unsanitary. See Alicia Silverstone's Blog "The Kind Life" for the video
Besides, shouldn't her son be learning how to chew his own food. He needs to use his teeth and develop his jaw. Also his body has to learn to digest it's own food. I don't know what health implications this can have besides the obvious germ delivery through mouth to mouth and saliva contact. Children's immune systems are immature and this leaves Bear Blu open for viruses and whatever else can be transmitted by saliva or blood (if her gums are bleeding or she has a mouth sore).
On Her Blog, just above the video, Alicia writes this blurb about her feeding style:
"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."He "attacks" your mouth Alicia? Come on! Another problem with this is her son coming up to her at an older age and "attacking" her mouth in public. If he gets into the habit of going for her mouth every time she eats she is going to have some serious splanin to do. As well as the fact that Bear Blu will have a nasty habit to break!
Apparently, even Alicia's "True Blue" followers had some not so nice comments for her on her blog.
Don't eat while watching her video (in link above). I unfortunately was eating my breakfast when watching this, making me feel nauseous.
How do you feel about "bird feeding" a baby?