Alicia admits she likes chewing her son’s food like a bird, but an expert tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively she could be passing bacteria and viruses to her 11-month-old!
Actress, animal rights activist and health food blogger Alicia Silverstone shocked (and grossed out) everyone when she posted a video her herself feeding her son Bear Blu… with her mouth. She says the tot loves eating mouth-to-mouth, but Dr. Aaron M. Soeprono, DDS at Meridian Dental tells HollywoodLife.com exclusively that Alicia could be giving her son dangerous viruses and disease!
“Any time there’s mouth-to-mouth contact between a mother and their baby it’s going to pass bacteria and possibly viruses,” Dr. Soeprono tells us. “Also if the mother has periodontal disease, that can unhealthy bacteria that can cause bone destruction. I would advise against it.”
Other experts agree — it’s not advisable. “There are those who think that a mom chewing a baby’s food provides helpful enzymes from her mouth, but it doesn’t seem like a hygienic practice,” nutritionist Dr. Jennifer Landa told FoxNews. “Various viruses and bacteria, but especially herpes virus, may be passed from mother to baby. These microbes present a challenge that the infant’s immune system may not be ready for.”
Besides the health risks, there’s other downsides to Alicia’s strange feeding method. During an appearance on The Today Show, Dr. Nancy Snyderman said Alicia’s son should be learning skills like how to chew on his own and feed himself! “There’s no benefits and certainly a lot of downsides,” she says.
HollyMoms, what do YOU think of Alicia’s feeding method? Icky or normal?
-Reporting by Chloe Melas
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