Oh, and just so we’re clear, when I talk about the way Alicia Silverstone feeds her son, I’m specifically talking about the way she baby-birds him. I didn’t want you to think that I was going to tell you all about how she breastfeeds him or feeds him baby food from a spoon or anything like that. Nope, this is all about how she chews food up and spits it into her son’s mouth. You remember:
I almost didn’t tell you about this because this morning I woke up at 3:00 AM and I’ve spent the majority of that time in the bathroom, dry-heaving and vomiting and doing crossword puzzles, and I didn’t want to get sick again. But then I saw that Alicia Silverstone actually called her feeding method “adorable,” and I couldn’t let this one go:
Asked if chewing her food and then passing it open-mouth to her son was in the spirit of Cher Horowitz, the ditzy character she played in Clueless, Ms Silverstone launched into a lengthy defence of the practice.
She said: “People have been feeding their kids that way for thousands for years. 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 and I think it’s adorable. He also knows how to use his hands and he also eats regular food so when babies are weaning, he still breastfeeds. Some people think that’s disgusting too which is insane.
“It’s just a thing that has been going on for thousands of years and I didn’t think I was inventing anything but in our culture…
“Every time my husband goes to the YMCA some guy comes over and says, “That’s how we do it in the south!” 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.”
Well, I think she handled it nicely. She could have easily gone into “leave me and my baby alone!” mode, but she discussed it, which was good. Of course, this is her choice, and this is the way she wants to do things, and it’s not some awful abusive thing to do.
But man, is it gross.
Listen, if some baby kept “attacking my mouth,” I would not handle it well, and I think most people would be in my boat. I can’t tell you how many times a child has climbed on my lap when I had some food that she wanted, and I’m not stingy, I’ll share some ice cream with a baby, but not if the baby is lunging at my mouth with her trap gaping open. That baby needs to learn some manners and stop being so demanding.
Also, what’s that whole “that’s how we do it in the south!” comment? Because that is not how we do it in the south. As a person who has lived her entire life in the south and who has interacted with many a baby, that is most definitely not how we do it in the south.