What’s that creepy suckling noise, you ask? Oh, that’s just a 4-year-old practicing her breast-feeding, no big. A Spanish toy company is facing fiery criticism today after releasing Breast Milk Baby on Friday in the U.S. The bizarre windup doll makes mechanical slurping sounds when girls put it to their chests – or rather, their “flower nipples,” which decorate a bib that comes with it. (Obviously, using their real 4-year-old nipples would be disgusting.) One mom called the $95 doll “toe-curlingly gross” and others have accused it of sexualizing young girls; however, manufacturer Berjuan Toys notes it has the support of multiple breast-feeding organizations. We’re thinking if it turns out to be a success, they should release “Labor Simulation Baby” next. [Source]
MrMary Weighs In
First the Comments:
Breast feeding is not unnatural. Sexualizing it is.
I breast fed both my kids, and I obviously feel that breast feeding is a natural, beautiful maternal bonding experience. That being said, I think this doll is just beyond wrong. A child that young does NOT need that much education!
I think any doll that has one bodily function as it’s selling point is dumb. Like the one that eats and poops, or just wets itself, or just cries with *real* tears. However I recall kids pretending to breastfeed their dolls all the time. I don’t see the big deal nor understand why breastfeeding is considered a taboo thing in the U.S.
I am really not sure what to think of this. I don’t really like it. It is nice to want to teach children about parenting as it is healthy and helps them learn, however I am not so sure this is the way to do it. I also think it is what the child is exposed to and how they learn to use that information. Children do not make it sexual, adults who know that the breast is not just for breastfeeding make it sexual. I know it is teaching girls and boys that this is how mommies feed their babies but it can also be confusing for them. I know I would feel weird seeing a child sitting at a playground ‘breastfeeding’ their doll. I don’t think this doll is going to make it, and it does creep me out a little even as i understand how important the educational part of it is.
When last I checked I wasn’t a lady
So I’d like to first profess my ignorance on breast feeding and apologize pre-emptively for the following thoughts
MrMary Weighs In
in my travels both real and imaginary I am always amazed by different cultural approaches to sex. There is nothing sexual about a mother breast-feeding her child. It is one of the main functions of the breast aside from selling magazines and getting the younger male demographic to watch bad Transformers movies. In certain cultures around the world it is not uncommon to see women topless like in the celebrity sex tape category of whatever your favorite porn site happens to be .
I’m not sure what is the hang up I guess I’m saying. If there was a company marketing penis shaped lollipops to children then that would be clearly wrong or one that tried to sell children shaped lollipops to priests definitely wrong. Also what I find strange is that there are so many cats and dogs in the basic American household. It is rather impossible to not see a cat or dog give birth or nurse their young. About, and don’t quote n this because I’m making it up, 10 % of every freaking national Geographic show about the wild, includes some suckling. I also want to add that the average age where children are first exposed to pornography is according to some down to 8 years old (according to others it’s 11 years old.)
An American Psychosis
Porn is a 15 to 20 billion dollar a year industry if I remember correctly. There are very lascivious billboards everywhere not to mention TV shows, beer commercials and in movies. I don’t get it while with all the suggestive humor and images everywhere this toy would be so terrible. Any thoughts ?