Alicia Silverstone Comments on the Prechewing Media Uproar

Actress Alicia Silverstone responded to questions about prechewing her son’s 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 son’s, baby bird-style.

The comments came while Silverstone was promoting Vamps, a new vampire movie — also about controversial feeding methods.  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.

‘People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands for years,” Silverstone replied, according to London’s Daily Mail. “It’s a weaning process. Honestly, when I posted the video I was not thinking. So maybe I was like Cher! I think it’s adorable. And it makes me laugh every time he does it. He attacks my mouth.”

Silverstone added that her son “knows how to use his hands and also eats regular food. He still breastfeeds. Some people think that’s disgusting, too, which is insane.”

A study in the Journal of Maternal & Child Nutrition, which the Baby News reported on last week,  supports Silverstone’s approach. It argues pre-mastication or prechewing makes a child’s immune system stronger by exposing baby to mom’s microbes. A CDC survey shows 14% of Americans have pre-chewed a child’s food some time.