We’ve all seen dolls that cry, burp, pee, and even crawl! But have you heard of The Breast Milk Baby?
“The Breast Milk Baby simulates the breast-feeding process by including a fashionable halter-top that a young girl can put on like a vest and when she brings the Breast Milk Baby doll’s mouth up to the pretty flower decoration on the vest [i.e. the nipples] the doll makes a soft, suckling sound.”
See for yourself:
As a mom who’s breastfed four children, I’m all for the nurturing aspect of this doll. I think it’s in good taste, no pun intended, and thankfully nothing like the Manary Gland in Meet the Fockers:
But the 89 dollar price tag does make me roll my eyes.
I’ve seen all of my Aumies pretend to breastfeed, but my daughters especially role play being little mamas. When the baby cried, her older sister would stand in front of her and lift her shirt a little. There would be no contact and the baby usually kept crying, but my older girl fulfilled her caring gesture and continued playing. I’ve seen my 1 year old daughter pick up tiny dollhouse babies, lift her shirt to position them, and make suckling sounds herself (batteries not included!).
Little kids like to make believe. My girls AND boys have put pillows, ballons, and balls under their shirts, pretending to be pregnant. They imitate life around them as they see it and understand it. They hardly need toys…sometimes toys just get in the way of imagination and free thinking.
Some think The Breast Milk Baby is going too far and even sexualizing our little girls. Puh-leez! Whipping out a breast with pasties = sexual; uncovering a breast to feed an infant = not sexual. And I seriously doubt this doll is going to teach any prepubescent child HOW TO breastfeed. It doesn’t even latch for pete’s sake! There will be no scabby nipples and it doesn’t come with Lansinoh. What it does is highlight a loving bond between a mother and child.
I do wonder what’s next…Melissa and Doug breast pumps and milk storage? Mini-Boppy pillows? Snoopy breast milk sno-cone machine? Will these little girls be allowed to breastfeed their dolls in public, or will the next big seller be kid-sized nursing covers? While I wouldn’t buy this doll, I think The Breast Milk Baby has an important agenda in a world where most dolls come with plastic baby bottles.
Come to think of it, this doll could be an amazing way to get your kid to sit still. Look, kid, breastfeeding a baby takes time, so you best plop yourself down and get cozy. Wow, this doll could actually be your ticket to a half hour of time to yourself! Let me rethink this…
What’s your take on The Breast Milk Baby…yay or nay?