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    Default Breastfeeding doll...creepy or a good idea?

    Oh come on, you knew someone was going to bring it up eventually right

    New Doll That Teaches How To Breast Feed Causing Controversy

    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – 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.”

    “I don’t approve of it at all. I think it’s ridiculous for a child. Let her learn it when she’s older,” said another woman.

    Scott from Manhattan says he wouldn’t buy the doll, but gives credit to the company for coming up with the idea. “Make a product, if it sells, it sells,” he said.

    The company has had to defend itself against critics. In a news release on its website, U.S. spokesman for Berjuan Toys, Dennis Lewis, says “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.”

    Lewis also claimed in a release promoting the doll’s introduction to the U.S. market, that the company has “been asked by millions of U.S. women to offer the doll here.”

    Whether or not that’s the case, the doll’s arrival is sure to stir up mixed emotions with consumers around the country.
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    I agree with Scott from Manhattan. If it sells it sells!

    I don't find it creepy, but I also would not buy one. Kids do play "work", have play kitchens, play tools, play ironing boards and whatnot, they play with babies w bottles and no one finds it "creepy". My kids have their own real live walking talking breast feeding doll in the form of their 13 month old brother I'm glad that we taught them that breast feeding is normal and healthy the good old fashioned way, by example.

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    It’s called The Breast Milk Baby and it claims it teaches young girls how to breast feed
    lol....you don't need a special doll to do that. All my DD had to do was watch me feed DS a few times and up went her shirt and she was feeding her Baby.

    “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.”

    “I don’t approve of it at all. I think it’s ridiculous for a child. Let her learn it when she’s older,” said another woman.
    While I don't necessarily see the point of actively instructing a child how to breastfeed, what's wrong with them learning (by watching and maybe asking questions) that what you're doing as a mom is how babies get fed? I couldn't have prevented DD from learning about it unless I went off into the bedroom and hid from her view every couple hours. Yeah, not happening with a 2 y.o. running around the house.
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    I think it is stupid. Flower nipple covers? Ugh. But there are alot of toys I think are stupid like the Barbie with the dog that poops out little brown balls. WTF?

    I don;t think it is contraversial. If a mom wants to give her daughter pasties and let her have a doll pretend suck her chest, hey whatever.

    A doll that makes sucking noises with a special flower bikini top sounds like something you would buy at a sex shop not Toys R Us.

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    I'm not sure if this doll is going to actively desensitize a new generation to bf'ing like some hope it will. I don't find the doll creepy. I just am not really sure how I feel about it. If Clara gets older and wants one, I'll buy one I guess, but I'm not going to go out and buy her one just to make a point. A good friend of mine has 4 kids, none of which have ever had a bottle. Her two older girls pretend to bf their regular dolls all the time, it's all they know. They don't really get the concept of bottles so I think they will really get into a doll like this. I don't get the uproar about the doll at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Potter75 View Post
    I agree with Scott from Manhattan. If it sells it sells!

    I don't find it creepy, but I also would not buy one. Kids do play "work", have play kitchens, play tools, play ironing boards and whatnot, they play with babies w bottles and no one finds it "creepy". My kids have their own real live walking talking breast feeding doll in the form of their 13 month old brother I'm glad that we taught them that breast feeding is normal and healthy the good old fashioned way, by example.
    There are alot of body functions that are normal and OK, but I woudn't want doll that emmulates it. You can teach a child to be comfortable with different things without having to go produce a doll to emmulate it. My DD knows about getting her period and it is very normal and she has no problem talking about it with me. But I wouldn't buy her Mary Menstral Doll. Ewww.

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    Maybe, but I don't think of breast feeding like I think of tampon changing or pooping.

    I would not change a tampon or take a dump in public, but I feed my baby in public all the time.

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    The only thing I find strange is that it is a doll, which innately makes us think of a child, and children don't/can't breastfeed.

    I personally wouldn't buy it.

    I think it would be much more effective for children to see grown women breastfeeding and understand the natural feeding process.
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    Young children also don't use powertools, yet my son has a play workbench. Children mimic adults. It is only creepy if you think of breast feeding as sexual in the first place, IMO. The only person I could see benefiting from a doll such as this is perhaps a child of a homosexual guy/guy couple, or someone who is an only child, who may never have any exposure to a nursing woman.

    Again, I would not buy it, simply because it isn't even accurately reflecting breast feeding, which does not need anything but ones breasts. My son and daughter both pretend to nurse their babies, simply by picking up their shirt like I do, not by strapping on some flower nipple contraption.

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    First, I don't find it creepy, but I do find it odd.

    I just think it's not something for me. I'd rather have my child see me or another woman breastfeeding to learn what it is. If they imitate at that point I would not care.
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