Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Baby Bird Feeding or Alicia Sliverstone

I have been reading a lot of the Internet buzz on the video released of Alicia Silverstone feeding her son baby bird style so I feel like I should weigh in on the subject just because.

When I first heard/read about this my initial thoughts ran along the lines of "GROSS!!!" but as I have thought about it more and more and read some of what others are saying it became less gross and more understandable.

Firstly, being that her child is breastfed, his little body is already used to her body fluids and secondly, this baby came from inside her! He is made of her, so why is this gross again?

I have never fed my child directly from my mouth and don't think that I would ever find a time or situation where this would feel like something I would want to try. However, there have been a few times when Smug-Baby has decided that the bite of whatever I just put in my mouth should be hers and no other bite will do. I have had no real issue with taking it out of my mouth and giving it to her. Now, this is not fully chewed up food we are talking about, more like I popped something into my mouth and before I could even bite down she is upset and I give it to her.

Also, there have been a few times that something Smug-Baby has tried she doesn't like and she spits it out. I have, on occasion, popped it into my mouth. Sometimes food is just not for wasting!! Again, we are talking about fully chewed up food, just an instance where she took a bite, didn't like the taste or texture and spit it out.

I don't find this gross and I have seen tons of other mothers do the same. It's not gross when it's your child. Just like changing poopy diapers isn't gross when its your own baby, but may be a lot more gross when you are changing someone else's child.

I guess it comes from the fact that this child came from my body and all of her is made up of Smug-Hub and I. All her fluids are my fluids and everything she is came from me. I don't know, but I think that as a parent, you do what makes sense to you at the time and it really isn't others place to judge (unless, of course, there is blatant abuse going on) and we just need to try harder to live and let live.

I find that I am really a very judgemental person and I am trying to work on that, but mostly I am judgemental of people who are judgemental! I don't like it when people spend a lot of energy discussing things that have no effect on their lives at all. Unless you have a baby and are considering doing a baby bird style of feeding, you really have no business talking about it. Do people really care that much about Alicia Sliverstone's parenting? I guess that I don't have a lot of room to talk, since I am discussing it and I am really not considering this style of introducing solids to Little-Sub when he arrives. I guess I just wish people would simply discuss and stop bashing one another. Ahh, to live in a perfect (Smug-Mama designed) world...

1 comment:

  1. That's exactly how I feel. She wasn't hurting her kid so what's the big deal? I try VERY hard to not judge moms and what they choose for their kids if it's not hurting them cause that's their business and it doesn't affect me. That's pretty much my stance in every thing in life. If it's not affecting or hurting me or my family, then who cares? Let her feed her kid like that. Well said.