Breastfeeding Baby

Well, why not? — They have bottle-feeding babies! Here’s the article with pictures.

What I like about — it promotes breastfeeding to young, impressionable girls. It helps to instill in them a sense that breastfeeding is normal. Girls may be lacking this if they’ve never/rarely seen anyone nurse their baby before — either because she’s an only child, or she’s the youngest child of her siblings, or her mother nurses the baby in privacy (perhaps due to extreme modesty; perhaps because the baby is easily distracted), or she’s only seen babies bottle-fed in public, etc.

What I don’t like about it — the flowers look like pasties. Maybe I’m wrong, but it does seem a little, um, weird to me. Not judging anyone; just not sure if I’d get my daughter that. Actually, I know I wouldn’t get my daughter that, because I’m too much of a tightwad to pay that much for a doll! 🙂 Besides, I think it’s overkill. My nieces (and even a nephew or two) would regularly “nurse” their dolls without the benefit of a pastie-daisy shirt and sound effects from the doll. Face it — kids imitate what they see, and they’ll use what they have on hand to do it. One boy I babysat started “nursing” his teddy bear because he saw his mom nurse his younger brother; I think my son did the same thing a couple of times. There’s a whole range of things young children might deem it appropriate to breastfeed — either themselves, or for their moms (see “Nursing Johnny Depp” for a humorous take on this topic), so a “Bebé Glotón” is at least extraneous. It’s better than a bottle-feeding doll in my opinion (I’m sure I’d conveniently “lose” the bottles), but I certainly don’t think it’s necessary.

What’s your take on it?


2 Responses

  1. Breastfeeding is not creepy, nor is kids imitating breastfeeding. The breastfeeding doll, and definitely breastfeeding pirate Jack Sparrow, is very creepy. Johnny Depp on the other hand………:)

  2. They do look like pasties!

    I’m not a fan of the doll. My daughters have many dolls and pick up any one of them and “nurse”. My 4-yr-old told me just today, “Mom, I need to nurse my baby now” in a very serious tone. She grabbed a pillow, blanket and doll before hiking up her shirt and settling on the couch.

    They don’t need “special” dolls to promote breastfeeding if the mother is already open about BFing.

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