VIDEO – Is the breastfeeding babydoll inappropriate or educational?

Breastfeeding baby doll inappropriate or educational?

A Spanish toy company that offers a breastfeeding doll complete with sucking noises (video below.) is having trouble getting the toy on U.S. store shelves.

U.S. representative for Berjuan Toys, Dennis Lewis says that the American market is so unaccepting of the doll because of the country’s own complicated feelings about breastfeeding.

“We’ve had a lot of support from lots of breastfeeding organizations, lots of mothers, lots of educators. There also has been a lot of blowback from people who maybe haven’t thought to think about really why the doll is there and what its purpose is. Usually they are people that either have problems with breastfeeding in general, or they see it as something sexual.”

Bill O’Reilly, on the other hand, thinks kids should just be kids.

Breastfeeding is not only a perfectly normal and healthy way to feed a baby human, it was also the ONLY way to do it for thousands of years. It’s a part of life, and older siblings often watch their mothers breastfeed their younger siblings, so it’s not only a natural and normal thing, it’s also something many children are familiar with.

Why then, are baby dolls fed with a bottle? Children like play-acting parenting with dolls, and are often delighted with ones that are lifelike (even to the point of having to have their diapers changed.

The doll comes in a variety of skin colors (only one skin color is available through Amazon,) and the child has to wear a vest that sets off sensors in the doll’s mouth.

Is it really that bad to have a doll mimic breastfeeding, or does really sexualize little kids? The doll has done well in Europe, where breastfeediing isn’t viewed as controversial. Sally Wendkos Olds, co-author of The Complete Book of Breastfeeding, thinks that the toy doesn’t sexualize children at all:

“I think it’s a very cute toy. I think it’s just crazy what Bill O’Reilly was saying that it’s sexualizing little girls. The whole point is that so many people in our society persist in sexualizing breastfeeding, where in so many other countries around the world they don’t think anything of it.”

Even so, girls can play-act breastfeeding with any doll. Do they really need a “breast-bibb” and sucking noises?

  • Rebeccca

    Next we’ll have one that gets her period. Not a fan.

    • Courtney

      Yes I agree that breast feeding is a wonderful and very natural thing but so is sex and where we draw the line is the question. Talking to your kids about breast feeding and ok for YOUNGER ones to see the mom do it but there is NO REASON EVER that a little girl should own a toy that mimics breast feeding. Kids have amazing imaginations and they are JUST FINE holding their doll up to their chest to mimic mommy breast feeding but kids DON’T need a doll making sucking noises! It’s just inappropriate! Kids these days don’t get to use their imagination enough. Remember when a hair brush was a microphone! I think it’s healthier for kids to not have such realistic or technical toys so they can be a kid, use their imaginations and stop trying to be adults SOOOO soon!!!

      • sowhat

        There are already babies that make sucking noises. They just happen to come with a bottle.

        • Courtney

          You know what I mean.. Sucking noises specifically meant to be held up to a child’s breast. How does that not sound wrong?

          • sowhat

            It only sounds wrong because you are framing it that way. A little girl won’t see anything more than it is, the baby nurses mommy’s milk. That is what it does. You are the one sexualizing it.

            • Courtney, how the hell is it wrong? You know the milk comes out by the baby sucking it out right? You sound like the sick one. Are you turned on by the sound or sight of a baby sucking? If not please explain how the hell you can come to the conclusion that it is sexual. Freaking sick people.

  • Lulu

    Rebeccca,.get over it.. Hell, that goes to the rest of the u.s. that has a problem with this.. It doesnt sexualize lil ones.. If the doll was a stripper or prostitute, then yea… Kids love play acting and its not like it teaches em sex..

  • Andrea

    breast feeding is the most natural thing there is and most little girl that see there mothers breastfeeding a younger sibling pretend to breastfeed the’re dolls anyway plus they have dolls that talk, walk, pee, eat, and run a fever ! why not breastfeed ?

  • laura

    All babies should be breastfed. Its unnatural and unhealthy for young babies to be given bottles. Society needs to recognize that and then this doll won’t be as big of a deal

    • tab

      i agree with you that breast is best, but be careful about making blanket statements like that.

      • She should be careful of making factual statements? Fact : breast is best. Fact: formula is unhealthy.

        • britney robinson

          Cheap Formula is unhealthy you can buy formula that is practically breast milk.

          • No you can’t. That is stupid. Nothing in this world can come close to breast milk.

            • britney robinson

              You are a idiot. Did you pass high school? There are formulas that are basically the same as breast milk. There is something called science.

    • michelle

      Not every woman can breastfeed. A friend of ours started out breastfeeding until they realized her medication was having an effect on the baby. She couldn’t just drop the meds either. Breast may be best but don’t put down others for not doing so when you don’t know their reason for not doing so.

    • That is a ridiculous statement. To each their own. Raising a child is hard enough without judgmental statements like that being thrown around

  • Sarah

    So..undead dolls with short skirts and bikini style tops are ok…but a baby doll that you breast feed (which is about as natural and normal as you can get) is too sexualizing? Explain the logic behind that again?

  • natalie

    definitely not! we will all act surprise when “lil carly” has a baby at 12. she’s been preparing for it since she was 4. baby sex dolls next? i mean…its natural right? ::pure sarcasm::

    • sowhat

      Because feeding the baby with a bottle at age 4 isn’t preparing for it? How is breastfeeding in any way connected to teen pregnancy? Breastfeeding is not sexual if that is what you are trying to imply.

  • tab

    i don’t see anything wrong with the doll, but it’s a waste of money. my kids just “nursed” a stuffed animal or baby doll while i nursed “my” baby.

  • annmarie

    Teens are having babies and now we’re teaching them at an even younger age how to care for those babies. *eyeroll*

    • sowhat

      Because no little girl has EVER had a baby doll before. Definitely not. *bigger eye roll*

      • annmarie

        I’m talking about this specific doll. Thank you very much.

        • sowhat

          Teaching them to take care of a baby with a bottle is just fine, but teaching them to breastfeed a doll is wrong? Ridiculous.

  • Michelle

    The most wonderful idea i have even seen a toy corporation come out with! Little girls need to know this is a very important way of life, not thinking babies have to drink out of a bottle. Awesome! The ignorant twats who think its a bad idea need to get their head out of their rears, quick!

  • Groan… My kid sure as hell isn’t get that thing. What happened to the good old days of kids having tea with their dolls and pushing them in a stroller? Stop pushing the breast feeding idea on others! Some agree that it is ok in public and some don’t! Does there really need to be a freaking doll that does it?

  • sowhat

    I used to nanny for a mother who worked from home. She breastfed her babies and her older daughters would pretend to breastfeed their baby dolls all the time. Most of the parents who would buy this breastfeed their kids and their kids probably pretend to do it on their own anyway because they see their mommies do it. I don’t understand the big deal.

  • Courtney

    Yes I agree that breast feeding is a wonderful and very natural thing but so is sex and where we draw the line is the question. Talking to your kids about breast feeding and ok for YOUNGER ones to see the mom do it but there is NO REASON EVER that a little girl should own a toy that mimics breast feeding. Kids have amazing imaginations and they are JUST FINE holding their doll up to their chest to mimic mommy breast feeding but kids DON’T need a doll making sucking noises

    • sowhat

      Um, they already make dolls that make sucking noises. They just happen to come with a bottle too.

  • It isn’t inappropriate or wrong, but it is unnecessary. A child doesn’t need a special breast feeding doll. When I was nursing my youngest child, her older sister began pretending to nurse a doll she already had. It was fine and it was natural. She was just doing what she saw mommy doing for baby sister. Let the kids use the imaginations.

    • dev

      I agree, I know children that do that too and that’s appropriate. Having a doll solely for that purpose is not exactly.

  • Joan

    Its no more inappropriate than toy guns…

  • Danielle

    Completely inappropiate… Little girls do not need to be educated in breast feeding. That happens at the hospital after your first child.

    • tab

      really? you don’t think education about breastfeeding should happen until after giving birth? why not? that’s what breasts are for. sure, they serve other purposes for adult relationships, but the anatomy of the female body tells us that breasts are intended for feeding a child. if we start by educating children about it early, it won’t be so taboo.

  • lOLL

    loll! Proganda, that’s it.

    • Oh no propaganda trying to get parents to do the best for their child! The horror!

  • Destiny

    Why would they have a little girl do it tho?

  • britney robinson

    Your proof isn’t proof. It is biased. It doesn’t even name a baby formula. There are formulas that are very close to breast milk. Stop being a bitch and trying to push your ideas on others.

    • Yet still you show absolutely no proof. You can call me a bitch all day sweetie. Strong smart women are often called bitches so if the shoe fits.. I’ll wear it! 🙂 Doesn’t make you any less wrong and uneducated. How exactly are my sources biased? With references such as the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, American Academy of Pediatrics Task Force on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and the Collaborative Group on Hormonal Factors in Breast Cancer, it’s kind of hard to say they all have some ulterior motive. Yet I’m sure anything you would site would be funded by the formula company themselves. Yet, you’ve sited nothing…

  • Avictor

    What a stupid unnecessary feature. The ‘bottle’ makes for an added accessory and provides an activity to do with the doll, it is more about that then a little girl pretending her toy actually NEEDS nourishment.

    A vest to make fake breastfeeding a more entertaining activity simply doesn’t meet the goal, it doesn’t add fun nor help the imagination. Fake poop is in the same category a little girl doesn’t need to actually clean a fake poop mess to enhance the change the diaper activity.

    The technology should be spent on subtle facial expressions and or activity appropriate sounds, happiness after a feeding and changing and ‘smart’ attention demanding sounds that go away when the child complies.

    Each doll should be unique for example some enjoy their backs rubbed, others hair brushed..etc. the child gets to figure out their dolls unique traits.