Alicia Silverstone defends 'mouth-to-mouth' baby feeding

Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Alicia Silverstone defends 'mouth-to-mouth' baby feeding
Alicia Silverstone feeding her 11-month-old son Bear Blu from her own mouth. © Youtube.

Alicia Silverstone has defended her controversial "mouth-to-mouth" method of feeding her 11-month-old son, saying it "makes me laugh".

Alicia, 35, was widely condemned when she posted a Youtube video of herself chewing son Bear Blu's food before passing it from her mouth to his.

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Medical experts declared the practice "unhygienic" and thousands of mothers branded it just plain disgusting.

But Alicia says she won't stop feeding her son from her own mouth because she think's it's "adorable" and it makes her laugh.

When questioned about the practice in a Q+A with Amy Heckerling — the director of her latest film Vamps — at the Brooklyn Academy of Art and Music, the actress launched into an impassioned defence of her actions.

"People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands for years," she said. "It's a weaning process. I think it's adorable and it makes me laugh every time he does it.

"He attacks my mouth and I think it's adorable. He also knows how to use his hands and he also eats regular food. He still breastfeeds. Some people think that's disgusting too, which is insane."

Alicia said she doesn't regret posting the video online, and claimed her husband Christopher Jarecki has had several people approach him to voice their support for Alicia's feeding methods.

"Every time my husband goes to the YMCA some guy comes over and says, 'That's how we do it in the south!'

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"Between him getting those great comments and me knowing in my gut it's natural and lovely, I really wasn't trying to tell anybody what to do.

"I wasn't saying this was anything somebody should do. I wasn't trying to be independent or cause such a ruckus. I'm very glad that I did it."

Your say: Do you think Alicia Silverstone's "mouth-to-mouth" feeding method is natural or disgusting?

Video: Alicia Silverstone feeds her baby like a bird

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