Everyone stop what you’re doing and look at this “breast milk baby” doll right now. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like – a baby doll that you can pretend to breast feed. It even makes sucking and burping noises! No, this isn’t a doll to help new pregnant moms learn how to breast feed before their real baby is born. This is a doll marketed for girls 2-years-old and up. I’m just going to go ahead and say: ICK! Ick, ick, ick!
The doll was created by Berjuan Toys, and was apparently a huge hit over in Europe last year. It comes with a flowered halter top that has basically a fake, flower-shaped nipple on it (imagine if nipples were really shaped like flowers?) that the owner of the doll wears. Once the proud little girl is wearing her fake-nipple halter top, she can put the doll’s mouth to the flower nipple so it can start “drinking” her “breast milk”. Wait, I’m sorry, this is really a thing? Moms are really going to buy this for their very little girls?
Maybe not a ton of moms – a lot of people feel like this doll is too “sexualized” for children. The U.S. rep for Berjuan Toys claims that the baby doll is “very much less sexualized” than Barbies or Bratz dolls.
Not to sound like a jerk, because I know it’s natural and beautiful and all that, but breast feeling alone kind of freaks me out, so adding the image of a little girl doing it just makes me cringe all over. Come on, world! Do 4-year-old girls really need to practice breast feeding right now? Unless they’re auditioning for a role on Teen Mom, I somehow think they have a few years to go before they need to take on these mommy responsibilities.
Yeah, getting comfortable with the idea of a baby sucking milk out of your boobs can be educational (I guess), but starting girls this young is just a little bit ridiculous, don’t you think? I don’t want to look at a 3-year-old pretending to breast feed a baby because I think it’s creepy, plain and simple. I’m all for educating young girls, but as Bill O’Reilly said, can’t we just let kids be kids sometimes? Can’t we just hand them some cute little baby dolls and let them act like mommies in whatever cute, pretend way they want?
If I had a daughter, this doll would definitely not be going anywhere near her… but maybe that’s just me. Watching a grown woman breast feed her child can be uncomfortable enough (if you’re a little squeamish like me) – watching a little kid do it? No thanks.
Do you think this breast feeding baby doll is creepy or a great idea? Would you buy it for your daughter? Do you think it sexualizes children? Tell me in the comments.