In the video, there's even a bit where the mother herself hands him a wood chip to put in his mouth.
Editor’s note: This article was originally published on September 3, 2021. It has since been updated.
A 22-year-old vegan mom on TikTok doesn't raise her one-year-old baby boy in a way that's deemed conventional, and it's raised a lot of concerns in the past. Recently, she took to the video-sharing platform to post that she lets her son eat dirt, rocks, and even wood because she wanted to boost his immune system. While the video was originally uploaded by the woman on TikTok in April 2021, a YouTube video titled "This Woman's Going to Kill Her Baby", made it a controversial topic.
Netizens who believed in medical science just couldn't believe their eyes, when the "vegan free birth VBAC" momma explained why she intentionally allows — and even encourages — her infant to eat anything and everything he gets his hands on.
"Why I let my exclusively breastfed baby eat sticks, rock, sand, dirt, and unsanitized shopping carts," the woman explains in the 25-seconds-long clip. The footage is of her child, Fern, putting whatever he finds in his mouth while his mom does nothing to stop him. There's even a bit where the mother herself hands him a wood chip to put in his mouth.
"In the last couple hundred years, the allopathic industry has taken the world by storm. This did not happen by accident. It happened after a series of billion-dollar campaigns intended to shift the public’s perception on health."
With ominous music playing in the background, the woman said, "I do not fear bacteria." She continued: "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 comments on the viral post have been turned off, probably because people would have commented about how they disagree with her methods, but those who had a lot of say commented under Mr. Beard's YouTube video, calling out @comingupfern's parenting methods.
In his video, Mr. Beard also reviewed some other videos shared by @comingupfern, which reveal that she's also an anti-vaxxer and believes antibiotics are "baby poison."
"The scariest thing about this is that she's not going to let her child have antibiotics," he says in the video.
"So if while Fern is in the river, fu**ing sucking on rocks, and he gets an infection, she is not going to give him any antibiotics to help cure that infection... I can respect some people having different perspectives and beliefs but when you're to the point where you're just letting your baby eat like, wood chips, which are going to pierce his intestines, and not giving him antibiotics to save his life, at that point, I feel like there needs to be some intervention, you know?"
What do you think?
Cover Image Source: TikTok | @comingupfern