Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Breastfeedng Baby Dolls

As many of you know, I'm a breastfeeding mama. I now have 89 months of breastfeeding under my -- ahem -- shirt, and no plans to be finished any time too soon. Naturally, all of my children are used to breastfeeding and what they are used to, they play.

It's been very common around here to see a child (and I say child because the boys and girls both do or have done this) walk by first with a baby doll (or stuffed animal) shoved under their shirt, that when "born" is held to their chests to "feed." My kids see nothing weird about breastfeeding their dolls and toys. It's how babies get fed around here.

And I think it is not only just fine, it's also pretty darn adorable.

Now there is a breastfeeding baby doll on the market. You'd think I'd want to run right out and get one for my breastfeeding little Nipple Nazis, huh?

I think it is one of the stupidest things I have ever seen. Not because I think it "promotes the sexualisation of young girls."

Girls (and boys) play house. They pretend to have babies. They feed their babies. Duh. No big whoop. No "sexualization" there.

Both the feeding of infants at the breast and the playing of "mama" with dolls are perfectly natural. What is most ridiculous about this toy is how unnatural it is. Why would anyone need/want to pay for a battery powered, sucking, mewling infant doll? If you want to promote breastfeeding, nurse around children so they think it is normal. Give them a rag doll and see what they do with it.

The doll isn't going to warp any little girls that get it, but it sure would be expensive, annoying and stupid.


Amy said...

Amen to that! I've not seen it, having little boys, but it sounds very silly.

Sarah said...


I thought the whole thing was idiotic.

Herb of Grace said...

Them's my sentiments 'zactly!

The first time I saw the ad it totally weirded me out. can't imagine anyone actually buying one for their daughter!

Michelle Smiles said...

I found the doll to be rather, umm, odd. If others like it, fine, but I think it is a bit weird.

And it used to crack me up when Sabrina would put her stuffed animals under her shirt to feed them.

Bronwyn said...

Agreed. Stupid waste of money.

Lori said...

Ditto. Stupid, waste of money.

My two older boys always breastfed their babies (puppies, lambs, rabbits, etc) and still do, 6 1/2 and 5. I think it's pretty sweet. However, I drew the line when they would ask me to feed their babies when they didn't have time.

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