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Moms Disgusted By Breastfeeding Doll Aren't Prudes

by Adriana Velez on November 8, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Hbreat milk babyave you seen the breastfeeding baby doll? It's a doll that makes little suckling noises and movements with its mouth when you hold it up to your breast -- or more accurately when you hold it up to the specially made halter top you wear when you play with the doll.

If you watch the video, you'll see it's not as weird and creepy as it sounds. Breastfeeding advocates and child experts love the doll. So why isn't it flying off the shelves? So far only 5,000 have sold in the U.S. since it was introduced about a year ago.

Actually, there's something about this doll that turns shoppers off more than breastfeeding.

Hello, the Breast Milk Baby retails for $89! That's a lot of money for a doll for your toddler or preschooler. I mean, once you see the doll in action, it's not really that scandalous. After all, how many of us have seen kids pretend to breastfeed their baby dolls anyway?

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But your child can pretend to breastfeed a doll for five bucks and a little imagination. Know what I mean? And we're talking about a toy that pretty much does one thing only (oh, I guess it burps, too). It's too much money for a gimmick. Oh sure, a worthy and educational gimmick. But still, a gimmick. Plus that sucking sounds totally robotic and unnatural.

Anyway, pro-breastfeeding, natural-minded parents who are willing to spend more money on toys for their young children have something very different in mind. They're looking for soft, organic materials that leave more to their kids' imagination. Not electronic toys that do all the imagining for them. So really, I'm not surprised this doll isn't a hit. There are cheaper, lower-tech ways to teach a child breastfeeding appreciation.

Would you buy the Breast Milk Baby if you could?

 

Image via Berjuan Toys

Filed Under: fun & games, girls, in the news, play, toddler toys

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  • LynBoz
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    LynBoz

    November 8, 2012 at 7:02 PM
    Hell. No. I would NOT buy my child that.
  • MsRkg
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    MsRkg

    November 8, 2012 at 7:07 PM

    Absolutely not!


  • Emily
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    Emily

    November 8, 2012 at 7:08 PM
    I don't need to buy it. My daughter already turns her dolls into breast feeding dolls. But seriously. I'd never spend $89 on any doll. Unless it gave her a bath and put her to bed at night!!
  • Angie...
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    AngieHayes

    November 8, 2012 at 7:12 PM

    I would buy it.


  • amazz...
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    amazzonia

    November 8, 2012 at 7:51 PM
    The price is why I didn't buy the doll, my daughters breastfeeding their dolls anyways for sure I'm not paying 90$ for a doll just to hear it make a sound of sucking
  • Rhond...
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    RhondaVeggie

    November 8, 2012 at 8:02 PM
    The price tag is ridiculous. Give a kid any doll and they'll start nursing if they've seen mom or other women caring for their babies. Heck, my son hasn't even seen me feed his sister yet because I'm still pregnant but when my midwife gave him a doll to hold after demonstrating how to take a rectal temperature he pretended to nurse it.
  • puasa...
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    puasaurusrex

    November 8, 2012 at 8:19 PM
    Nope. But only because it's expensive. My kids already "nurse" their baby dolls, no need to spend $90 on one.
  • keriley1
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    keriley1

    November 8, 2012 at 8:45 PM

    HOLY HELL thats crazy for a baby doll!!!! Nothing wrong with the plain plastic $10 dolls. Its called imagination!!


  • Sierr...
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    SierraLynn

    November 8, 2012 at 8:47 PM
    No I would not buy that.
  • the4m...
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    the4mutts

    November 8, 2012 at 9:44 PM
    No. But only because my kids have seen me breastfeed their brothers & sisters, so they have no need for breastfeeding to be normalized. They know about it, they aren't bothered by it, and the don't treat any woman doing it any differently than if she were bottle feeding.
    So yeah, no need for it in my house
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