A Breast Feeding Doll? What ever next?

How come this is ok?

And what about this?

This is my 2 year old feeding her toys in ways she has seen other babies being fed, both breast and bottle.  She’s benefiting from the social-emotional skills, role-playing and learning how to nurture which all part of her natural development.  No biggie here.

So when a US toy company brought out the Breast Milk Baby Doll last week, people claimed it was ‘creepy’ and ‘forcing children to grow up too quickly’.  I’m not here to go on about breastfeeding or bottle feeding.  How a woman chooses to feed her baby in entirely her decision, you don’t need to attend a NCT class to know which has more benefits.  But this doll did make me question the actual need for it in the toy market.  Why not just put a doll to the chest area and the child can pretend to breastfeed that way?  And priced at around £60, I’m far too tight to pay that price.

What do you think?  Will The Breast Milk Baby Doll be making onto your child’s Christmas list this year?

Creepy or ground breaking?

 

 

 

 

7 thoughts on “A Breast Feeding Doll? What ever next?

  1. “And priced at around £60, I’m far too tight to pay that price.”

    That’s the crux of it for me. Why pay £60 for something when my little girl can already find any existing toy/doll/teddy and ‘feed’ that? But I suppose there’s always someone out there who will commercialise anything and everything that they can.

  2. I wrote about this doll on my blog last week and I completely agree! That said, I do think that the doll can only be a good thing because it is making the normal, well, normal. I think all the fuss that it has caused shows us that some people still have huge hang ups about breast feeding and I find that really sad.

    • It really does. The papers are often filled with stories from women who have been asked to stop breast feeding in public places because its offending others. The doll is just so expensive for what ultimately promotes a free way to feed a baby.

  3. Agreed – £60 for a doll is terrifying! I wrote about this last week too. Surely the obvious thing would be to sell a baby doll without the bottles? I think I have more of a problem with the top. I know it’s a device to trigger the sucking action, but the flower nipples are odd, and, overthinking… it just suggests to me that breastfeeding is something that needs to be covered. But hey, it’s a toy!

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