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#1 Tammy Swanson

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:15 PM

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I heard about this on the radio this morning and just clicked on the link they quoted and I am not too sure what to think of this??

Is this a new thing in the western world or is this some form of attachment parenting or some sort?? They said on the radio that when she was contacted for a comment she said it is not unhygienic as the mother has enzymes in her mouth that are beneficial for the baby and they also kill off any bacteria.

In a way I think it is quite sweet as they seem to be having a close moment and the baby is happy and adorable but I just don't know???


#2 ubermum

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:17 PM

Unnecessary. I breastfeed until an age where my babies can put food in their own mouth.

#3 Guest_tigerdog_*

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:18 PM

I think it's disgusting and unnecessary but that's just me.

#4 MrsNorthman

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:21 PM

I think its kinda gross. I wonder how long she thinks it will be acceptable [for her] to keep doing it. I think it [could] delay teaching him how to eat.

#5 ani1

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:22 PM

unnecessary! just wrong

#6 Red Cabbage

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:23 PM

Each to their own.  sick.gif

#7 TarneeW

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:23 PM

I saw it yesterday! I think it's quite gross.

Our ECHN & dentist said bacteria/teeth decay etc can be easily passed on, Eg. Sucking a dummy to clean, sharing toothbrushes etc.

Ok for birds, not humans IMO!

#8 The Awesome One

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:25 PM

It's disgusting and wrong. someone tried to say it was ok, birds feed their young this way so what is so bad about it, for one we are not birds, we are people, how the hell will her child learn to chew his food if she does it for him, not to mention the ridicule he will face when he hits school if she continues to do this sort of thing.

#9 Guest_Buy Me A Pony !_*

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:26 PM

No that's weird. The enzymes are specific to your digestive requirements not someone elses and the bacteria far outnumber the enzymes.

#10 ~chiquita~

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:26 PM

Um, no. sick.gif

Okay for birds.

#11 Frockme

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:27 PM

It's any wonder what people will do for attention.  rolleyes.gif

He was perfectly happy taking the food from her hand, then She encouraged him to turn his head to take the food from her mouth. It's all about her. Nothing to do with the child.

This'll make a Great Show and tell at kindy I suppose.  biggrin.gif

#12 Mamabug

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:28 PM

i have pre-chewed meat before giving it to a little one, but never, never, never fed mouth to mouth.

Not sure why I think it so wrong, but there is a gut reaction in me that says it is!!!

#13 julz78

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:29 PM

I don't find it disgusting in saying that though its certainly not something I would do but I don't judge her on doing so. I find it a bit primative to be honest, I can picture our primative ancestors feeding their babies just like this before food processors and tinned baby food came along.

#14 Stellajoy

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:29 PM

Unholy mother of god, that is the grossest thing ever, how disgusting, I mean... Miso soup for breakfast? Blerk.

The rest is ho hum.

#15 ComradeBob

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:30 PM

If I were a bird, I would do this.

But as a human, I find it repulsive. Plus, think of the teasing he's going to get at school when someone digs this up.....

#16 strawberrycakes

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:31 PM

i have pre-chewed meat before giving it to a little one, but never, never, never fed mouth to mouth.

Not sure why I think it so wrong, but there is a gut reaction in me that says it is!!!
Isn't that the same sort of thing except you took it out of your mouth & handed it to a child rather than using your tounge to push it into the childs mouth???

Gross is what I thought & I too noticed that the child seemed to want to take it from her hand not her mouth but she kept turning the childs head.

#17 boatiebabe

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:31 PM

I hate to comment on how other people parent but this has me feeling a bit icky. And I am one of those mums who almost always licked the bottom of the spoon before it went into my childrens' mouths.

Why can't he have his own bowl and spoon?

#18 mum201

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:32 PM

Not something I would do myself - but eh, each to their own, and I don't think there is anything horrible or wrong about it.

#19 Guest_HopeFaithLove_*

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:33 PM

I heard the story on the way to dropping DD off at school this morning and she thought it was gross - have to say I also agree.  I wouldn't do it for a lot of reasons, the main one being the transfer of bacteria into the babies mouth from my own.  I think it is totally unnecessary!

#20 la di dah

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:34 PM

I don't get the "as a human" thing considering some human cultures do it.

It doesn't really gross me out or appeal to me either. It doesn't bother me "as a human" I just can't see doing it very often unless there were other issues in play.

#21 Mamabug

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:37 PM

QUOTE (strawberrycakes @ 29/03/2012, 01:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Isn't that the same sort of thing except you took it out of your mouth & handed it to a child rather than using your tounge to push it into the childs mouth???

Quite possibly. But it WASN'T direct mouth to mouth transfer, which is what I was objecting to! It wasn't a regular occurence, rather babe kept trying to take meat, meat was too chewy for babe, babe was getting frustrated, so I solved the problem with minimal noise!

#22 niggles

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:37 PM

Eew. It's not very nice table manners, that's for sure. wink.gif

#23 BadCat

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:39 PM

It's the only way to feed your children as far as I'm concerned.

I've been known to spit an entire roast dinner down my 13 year old's throat.  It's a special bonding time that I'm sure we couldn't achieve through cuddling or talking or playing a game together.  Nothing bonds like mumma spit.

#24 Frockme

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:41 PM

QUOTE (BadCat @ 29/03/2012, 01:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
It's the only way to feed your children as far as I'm concerned.

I've been known to spit an entire roast dinner down my 13 year old's throat.  It's a special bonding time that I'm sure we couldn't achieve through cuddling or talking or playing a game together.  Nothing bonds like mumma spit.

You and your Hillbilly ways!

#25 Cluckster

Posted 29 March 2012 - 12:44 PM

Odd, but hardly the "grossest thing ever".

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