It’s unnatural!


New Doll That Teaches How To Breast Feed Causing Controversy

A new doll hitting stores in the U.S. is causing some controversy with parents. It’s called The Breast Milk Baby and it claims it teaches young girls how to breast feed.

The doll is made by Berjuan Toys, a company out of Spain. It comes with a special halter top that has two flowers where nipples would be. When a little girl puts on the top and holds the baby doll up the flowers, it makes suckling sounds.

The company says the doll is a top-selling toy in Europe and on its website, says the toy ”lets young girls express their love and affection in the most natural way possible, just like mommy!”

But the toy has many parents asking if it’s going too far.

“I think that it’s totally bizarre to teach a prepubescent child how to breastfeed,” said Nicole from Manhattan. “Quite strange.”

“I think it’s very creepy,” said one woman. “I don’t think little kids should be breastfeeding.”

Funny, they’ve had Betsy Wetsy dolls since 1935, but of course she had to be fed with a bottle.

BTW – I love the irony of this quote:

“I think it’s very creepy,” said one woman. “I don’t think little kids should be breastfeeding.”

How old should they be to breastfeed?



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12 Responses to It’s unnatural!

  1. Jadzia says:

    As a new European and the soon-to-be mother of two daughters, my vote is for *creepy*. I am a pretty big fan of bottle feeding, though.

  2. elliesmom says:

    If a little girl brings her breastfeeding doll to preschool, will she have to go into the bathroom to nurse it? Is there an accessory available that she can shroud herself in so no one has to watch her do it? Does it come with a pump so that she can leave the doll home when she goes to preschool? If it’s all about making the doll “real”, then let’s make it real.

    • Jadzia says:

      And does it come with mastitis and cracked nipples functions? And a taped lecture from the lactation consultant if she reports being in pain?

      Oh wait, that was MY last nursing experience….

  3. WMCB says:

    I think that putting on a special nipple-shirt to simulate the sucking sounds is a little weird.

    However, my daughter “breast fed” her dolls all the time, since she was around a lot of nursing mothers at that point in our lives, and she saw me breastfeed her brother as well. That’s entirely natural.

    I’m a big fan of breastfeeding. Healthy, easy, and bonding. I’m not as big a fan of the almost fetishizing of breastfeeding that some women get really into. This doll seems to be a bit of an extension of that.

    • votermom says:

      Me too. The halter is a bit over the top.
      The reaction from the woman in the post that it’s creepy is funny to me though.
      Little boys get toy guns violent toys all the time — no one ever objects that they are too young for it.

      Also this
      “I think that it’s totally bizarre to teach a prepubescent child how to breastfeed,” said Nicole from Manhattan. “Quite strange.”

      What does pubescence have to do with it? Little girls model mothering behavior all the time — baby dolls that that they change diapers, push around in strollers, then their is home-making toys — cook, sweep, vacuum, etc all in preparation of adult roles. Why is a breastfeeding toy different? Because the adults have ingrained in their minds that breasts = sex objects and therefore are off-limits to little girls. That’s what I find really creepy.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Why is a breastfeeding toy different? Because the adults have ingrained in their minds that breasts = sex objects and therefore are off-limits to little girls. That’s what I find really creepy.

        HONK, HONK!!

    • elliesmom says:

      I never bought my kids dolls that “did” anything. I always thought that toys should be vehicles for their imaginative play – not the imaginative play of some adult in the marketing department of a toy company. The most popular dolls on the market have been Barbie, the Cabbage Patch Kids, and the American Girls so I think that kids agree. (I do have a Maternity Midge, given to me a joke, who has a plastic prosthetic womb with a little baby doll that fits inside. The 5 year old grandkid informed me that both Midge and his mommy delivered their babies by C-section because they came out the wrong place.)

      I’m a big fan of women being supported in their choices. If we want women to choose to breastfeed, then we need to make it easy for them to choose it. And if circumstances make breastfeeding the wrong choice for them, then we need to support that, too. But why get 5 year olds involved?

      • votermom says:

        The 5 year old grandkid informed me that both Midge and his mommy delivered their babies by C-section because they came out the wrong place.

        That’s a smart grandkid.

  4. yttik says:

    I think it’s creepy,. I also think we’re destroying kid’s imaginations by providing too many realistic toys.

    Kid’s have been breast feeding their dolls since there have been dolls, that’s natural. The creepy part is the plastic flower nipples and the sucking sounds.

    • elliesmom says:

      Next thing you know they’ll be expecting women to wear flower nipple covers. Oh, wait

      • votermom says:

        Yeah, the halter & sounds are weird … and I bet the kids will find them boring after a while. I agree with you elliesmom that toys that do things are usually a waste of time. My kids once got a furby — man, that was annoying. And was put aside by the kids after a week, I think.
        The most popular toys in our house have always been things to fiddle with – play-do, legos, coloring stuff, and soft squishy stuffed toys that can be hurled around in the day and snuggled with at night.

        Back to bfeeding toys, I think this probably has better possibilities than BreastMilk Baby:

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