"I do not fear bacteria. In fact, I welcome it. I trust nature and my baby," the mother said in a video
Parents have the right to decide how they want to raise their child but there are some practices that many may consider a big no-no! A mother got mixed reactions from people over her decision to allow her baby to eat dirt and sand, claiming it "builds his immune system", reported Mirror UK.
It all started when a young mother, Alice Bender, shared videos of her eight-month-old baby, Fern, chewing on various items including a rock on TikTok. According to reports, the 22-year-old from Arizona was trying to make a statement against the medical industry which she claims has shifted "the public's perspective" on germs and babies with their "billion-dollar campaigns". The mother said in one video, "I do not fear bacteria. In fact, I welcome it. I trust nature and my baby. It is not a coincidence babies have this instinct while they are breastfeeding." The video has since been viewed more than 12 million times, reported Mirror UK.
Alice who is raising Fern to be Vegan says that babies should be exposed to bacteria as long as they are being breastfed to build their immunity to germs. "Babies only have this instinct while they are breastfeeding for a reason. Our milk is there to protect them while they build their immune system," the young mother said. "Breast milk is incredible. Breast milk is the original medicine. It is far superior to any man-made medicine. Breast milk is alive and constantly changing to meet our babies' current needs," she added. She further stated that she would not consider exposing her child to so much bacteria once he is no longer breastfeeding, "because there would be nothing for him to fall back on if he were to get sick." She continued, "We should not be at a war with nature. We are nature. I've noticed Fern is incredibly healthy compared to other babies. He is the first chunky baby in our immediate family. People always compliment us on how healthy, calm, and alert he is when we're in public," reported Mirror UK.
People were divided over Alice's parenting style. Some users supported the mother, "my baby, unfortunately, isn't exclusively breastfed but I don't shelter him from dirt and shopping carts either. Eight months and totally healthy," one said, while another commented, "This is how babies build their immune systems! Go mom!". Others were quick to share their concerns, "Are you not worried about parasites? What would you do to protect him from the possibility of getting them by eating dirt?" a user asked, while another wrote., "Dirt won't hurt, but letting them bite the belt from the grocery store? Nah...", reported Mirror UK.