This mom sure could use an extra hand!
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Can you believe it?? A baby doll that breastfeeds babies!
Wait, it's a doll that simulates breastfeeding from kids? Our mistake, but there's gotta be a clearer way to describe it. LOLz! It's a doll that sounds like it's suckling when it connects to sensors sewn in to the top that little girls wear.
"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."
No, the problem is with age and other people. Sexual or not, it involves areas of young girls that can be perceived by predators as a heightened awareness of their body.
It's no wonder they're having trouble trying to sell them. They come in 8 varieties that vary in skin tone and facial features, and usually cost $89. That price is now halved because retailers large and small don't want anything to do with that mess.
The maker continues:
"With retailers it's been hard, to be perfectly honest, but not so much because they've been against the products. It's more they've been very wary of the controversy. It's a product that you either love it or you hate it."
Right, tell yourself that.
While we don't think that breastfeeding should be a public taboo for adults or anything like that, we do think, however, that this is a little young to be simulating. Especially with all the creepers out there.
The maker continues, seemingly not understanding his product at all:
"There's no doubt about that. The whole idea is that there's still some taboos here. They're difficult to justify and difficult to explain but they're out there. You mention breast and people automatically start thinking Janet Jackson or wardrobe malfunctions and all sorts of things that have absolutely nothing to do with breastfeeding."
Because you're a grown man, we think it's weird that you'd be creating something that simulated anything to do with a little girl's chest. Not only that, but to want to make money off of it as a toy instead of a teaching tool. Then, to not realize what the real issue is at play as to why it's not selling.
He even considers Breast Milk Baby "very much less sexualized" than Barbie dolls or the sassy Bratz pack — except, you know, little girls don't hold the Barbie's mouth up to their own chest because it's built to and the Barbie doesn't make suckling noises.
This isn't to say that we think it should be banned, rather, just make sure your child knows there's a time and a place for the doll, unlike for adults who should be allowed to breastfeed everywhere!
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