A doll that mimics breastfeeding

So what? A company in Spain went out and manufactured a doll that when held up to a special top worn by the child it will mimic a baby sucking. Why is this a problem?

Women have breasts to breastfeed babies. Luckily we live in a society that supposedly allows you to choose whether or not you use your breasts to feed your baby. And you shouldn’t be chastised for whatever decision you make. Sadly we still need to work on this – for both breast and bottle feeding.

In my house right now, I have many baby dolls. My daughter loves them. We have bottles for these dolls. We have a sling for my daughter to carry them around in. We have a stroller – or two – for their ‘walks’.  We have a miniature bassinet for a dolly to nap in. We have a baby who pees AND if you leave the diaper off of this baby who pees – when she’s ready – it shoots across the room. My son thinks this is hilarious. Me? Not so much.

We also have a baby who crawls, a baby who coos, and a baby who cries. All normal behaviour for a baby right? In my world, breastfeeding is normal behaviour for a baby. So why should a doll who mimics this behaviour be a problem?

Some people are arguing that this doll sexualizes our little girls by giving them a chance to pretend that they have breasts. Who has sexualized breasts? We have them for feeding. There are some perks – ha! Pun intended – but really, they are designed to feed a baby.

Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but in mine, if my daughter can have a doll that pees than she sure as hell can have a doll that mimics breastfeeding. My daughter doesn’t have an issue with breastfeeding. It’s a natural thing. Unfortunately, it’s certain adults that have a problem with it.

We have a lot of work to do on a society that is ok with padded bras for little girls, string bikinis for toddlers, makeup for preschoolers, dolls that are dressed like street walkers but that is NOT ok with a doll that mimics breastfeeding.

Newsflash: Little girls will mimic what their mothers do. Whether or not they have a “breastfeeding” doll – guaranteed that a little girl will pick up the doll that pees and hold it up to her breast.

  • http://www.karenadixon.com Karena Dixon

    As a mom of 3 girls, I couldn’t have said it better. Nice review!

  • http://pamperedpatty.blogspot.com/ Pampered Patty

    HI Sandy!

    All my daughters held a doll to them and pretended they were nursing. This is a natural thing for them to do when they see their mom doing the same thing. It really shouldn’t be an issue and for any one who claims it has anything to do with sexuality-they have obviously never felt how a breastfeeding mom feels when she nurses. It’s a maternal thing and for me my breasts may have played a huge part in my sexuality before I had children it changed when I nursed my first child. That feeling was replaced by a maternal feeling that lasted as long as I breastfed. My husband was not too happy as it was a no touch zone but there you have it. They were doing what they were meant to do. I see no problem with this doll.

  • Daisy

    Well said! Let’s hope our society grows up. I don’t get what the issue is… how is breatfeeding sexual..

  • Una-talk

    i agree! in my opinion there’s nothing sexual about breastfeeding, my husband wont go near them until they no longer belong to baby lol on top of it we give our three year olds Barbies that have very obvious breasts etc so i dont see how there is something wrong with the breastfeeding doll when its ok to give our children dolls that when unclothed quite well portray the women anatomy. i mean really come on!

  • Emgdrafting

    I totally agree… as far as sexualizing kids (I say kids because my son has dolls) it couldn’t be farther from the truth…. when I was brestfeeding my youngest, my oldest could quiet often be found feeding his dolls the same way I was feeding the baby. His only though was that he was FEEDING his baby.

  • Vantoniuk

    My daughter doesn’t have the breastfeeding baby doll, but she “breastfeeds” her stuffed monkey. I didn’t breast feed my kids for very long, but my friends nurse their kids and she sees them do it. I don’t care that she does it. It is a natural thing.

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