Every little girl has a baby doll of some sorts. For some of us it was a Cabbage Patch Doll, others it was a Barbie. But young girls in the US in 2011 will be able to have the new “Breast Milk Baby” doll which teaches girls how to breastfeed.
For all those even wondering how a doll like this would even work, here you go: The doll has a special halter top with two flowers positioned right where the doll will breastfeed. The doll makes a suckling noise and moves when its mouth when it comes close to sensors in the flowers.
There’s even a video showing how it works.
U.S. representative for Berjuan Toys, Dennis Lewis explains the doll’s appeal:
“The Breast Milk Baby lets young girls imitate mothers in a natural, caring way. Acting just like “mommy,” girls can learn another natural nurturing skill about taking care of a baby. Just like changing, bathing, swaddling, singing, rocking to sleep, and cuddling for a healthy baby.”
Reaction to the doll has been mixed. Some critics say the doll can over-sexualize young girls or force them to grow up too quickly.
Others, like Dr. Ronald Cohen, medical director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank in San Jose, CA, think it’s a positive influence on young girls: “My take is that anything which reminds young girls that their bodies are something other, and more, than sex objects, is a very good thing.”
Do you think the doll is a great idea for girls to learn how to nurture their children in the future? Do you think it’s glamorizing motherhood to little girls in a “16 & Pregnant” world? Do you think it’s too much too soon or not a big deal at all? What do YOU think?