PHOENIX – A breastfeeding baby doll has hit shelves here in the U.S.!
The doll is a cute little baby, like many others, but this one makes sucking noises.
It is supposed to mimic a nursing baby when it is held up to a special top that comes with it.
If it’s not burped afterward, the doll even cries.
The creators say the doll teaches young girls the importance of breastfeeding and could help them as adults.
In order to “breastfeed”, a little girl straps on a halter top where two flowers represent the nipples. The baby doll, once close to a flower (aka breast), has a sensor in its mouth and makes suckling noises.
The U.S. version of the breastfeeding baby was released last week and has been flying off the shelves. Most American mothers are thrilled to see their young daughters with a doll attached to their non-existent breasts,
“Breastfeeding is good for babies, it’s good for mommies and it’s good for society. We really don’t understand why this has created such controversy,” said Sally Wilkins of Denver.
The owner of the company, Sanford Lewis said, “We’re being called perverts and pedophiles for promoting feeding our babies the way God intended? Churches all over the world are filled with images of Mary nursing baby Jesus, and yet we can’t imagine letting our daughters learn how important breastfeeding is for our society?”
“As a mother I am all for breastfeeding and believe it is one of the most natural and healthiest things a mother can do for her child,” said Sandy Barkman, 31, of Buffalo.
A little girl who is perhaps four years and up who plays with baby dolls is probably not ready to pretend she is breastfeeding. For those young boys who may witness a girl playing with her Breast Milk Baby, they, too, will probably be confused and full of questions.
Child expert, John Malley, Ph.D. tells parents that “toys can play an important role in a child’s education and development…”, and “Playing with toys – even something as simple as blocks – allows children to create their own play environment and stimulate their imagination.”
Dr. Malley said that breast milk baby will more than likely result in questions from young girls to their mothers and/or fathers asking why a baby feeds from her breast that’s not even yet capable of producing milk).
Here’s a video of the new doll: