Alicia Silverstone Comments on the Prechewing Media Uproar
Actress Alicia Silverstone responded to questions about prechewing her sonâs food this weekend. It was the first time she spoke about the topic that ignited a controversy after she posted video of her dropping food from her mouth into her 11-month-old sonâs, baby bird-style.
The comments came while Silverstone was promoting Vamps, a new vampire movie â also about controversial feeding methods.Â Â Audience members asked her about the prechewing debate. She noted that many critics compared her to Cher, the ditzy character she played in the movie Clueless.
âPeople have been feeding their kids that way for thousands for years,â Silverstone replied, according to Londonâs Daily Mail. âItâs a weaning process. Honestly, when I posted the video I was not thinking. So maybe I was like Cher! I think itâs adorable. And it makes me laugh every time he does it. He attacks my mouth.â
Silverstone added that her son âknows how to use his hands and also eats regular food. He still breastfeeds. Some people think thatâs disgusting, too, which is insane.â
A study in the Journal of Maternal & Child Nutrition, which the Baby NewsÂ reported on last week, Â supports Silverstoneâs approach. It argues pre-mastication or prechewing makes a childâs immune system stronger by exposing baby to momâs microbes. A CDC survey shows 14% of Americans have pre-chewed a childâs food some time.
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