Ok, I'm not a parent so I'm asking this question out of curiosity more than anything else, but I found myself getting really annoyed this morning watching all the morning news shows trot out medical professionals to descry Alicia Silverstone's behavior in a video that shows her chewing up food for her 10-month-old son and "bird feeding" it to him. I heard doctor after doctor go on and on about bacteria. Now, I can't say whether or not I'd be ok with doing this with my own baby because I don't have any and I will admit to a mild level of grossed-outedness at watching the video -- probably because it's not my kid and I don't know why she felt the need to post this publicly (most likely for publicity).
But as a recent (last two months) primal/paleo convert, it strikes me as strange that modern humans would be so freaked out about this. I've read accounts that prehistoric mothers regularly chewed up their baby's food before giving it to them with the intent of making it easier for them to eat and with the added benefit of it strengthening the baby's immune system by exposing baby to mom's bacteria. It boggles my mind how doctors could attack a mother for sharing her saliva with her own baby! Gross? maybe. Dangerous? I don't really think so.
Silverstone is a huge vegan proponent and while I don't agree with her dietary choices, I still respect her freedom as a mother to feed her kid whatever she wants however she wants.
To me this is a yet another example of fear-factor culture gone wild. Any primal/paleo perspectives on this? Primal parents -- have you or would you do the same with your babies?