BF Doll....Whatcha think??

Jennifer - posted on 07/25/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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Alright...so I have no clue how I feel about this. I keep going back and forth...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/blog...

In one way..I think BF is a very natural (although I don't BF either of my children) thing and it is good for children to be exposed to it.
However...there is NO WAY that I will let Rylie have one of these dolls. I would prefer her to see it in real life than practice doing it from a young age. I can't believe that they want a little 5 or 6 year old girl pretending to BF... Talk about promoting young pregnancy (I was a teen mom..so I'm not saying bad things about teen moms..just saying..)
My mind is blown that they made a doll for young girls to "BF."

Whatcha think?

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AMANDA - posted on 07/26/2011

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its very disturbing to me.. i understand about promoting bf'ing but this is just wrong never the less the halter top part.. i can safely say my daughter wont be getting one of these dolls ever.

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Christina - posted on 07/28/2011

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I won't buy my children a breastfeeding doll. However, my daughters have nursed their dolls while playing, and I just smile and remind them to burp. Nothing wrong with children pretending, but I'm not buying a doll that pretends to suck on my child's non existent breast!

Merry - posted on 07/28/2011

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Yeah not in public. I don't remember being allowed to take my dolls in public anyways :)

Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2011

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Tucker does not play with dolls. He is very very boy..I have tried but he is not interested and thats fine with us. He is incredible with Rylie.
Rylie will only be allowed to have pretty basic dolls. I think children should be allowed to use their imaginations. I don't really want Rylie lifting her shirt in public, even to pretend, so she will be taught to do it other ways if she wants to pretend. A little girl should not lift her shirt in public even pretending IMO. But basic dolls only for my daughter.

Jen - posted on 07/28/2011

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Savannah actually says that her baby's bottles have mommy milk in them.

Merry - posted on 07/28/2011

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I find it disturbing too, but I also find toy baby bottles disturbing. I'd rather kids use their imagination and not have such descriptive props.
Jennifer, Amanda, would you be ok with your daughters or sons pretending to nurse their dolls without this devise? Or asking you to nurse their dolls?
I see nothing wrong with that, but this toy......creepy IMO

Jennifer - posted on 07/28/2011

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I find it incredibly disturbing as well, Amanda. As does all my mommy friends here..half of which do breastfeed.

Merry - posted on 07/28/2011

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I don't think there's anything wrong with it per say, but I wouldn't buy it. My kids enjoy playing with dolls that don't move talk etc. I don't really want to get them motorized dolls. As for the breastfeeding part, I think dolls shouldn't come with bottles in the first place but nothing extra needs to be there for breastfeeding.
Kids have their own nipples if they want to pretend. But honestly my son has never pretended to nurse dolls even though he still is breastfed. He brings the doll to me to get milk. He's a smarty! He knows boys don't make milk, Mommys make milk. So when his doll is hungry he has me feed it.
There's nothing sexual about any child pretending to be a mommy or a daddy. It's pretend.

Jen - posted on 07/26/2011

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I let my little girl play with dolls that don't do anything. She's very happy with the dolls that don't talk, or cry, or wet. She has a few that talk, but she actually used to be scared of them when she first started playing with dolls. She loves to use her imagination and she does nurse her babies like I nurse her brother. She'll come out and say, "Look mommy my baby is getting her mommy milk too." I think the breast feeding doll is just another expensive doll that does something.

Andrea - posted on 07/26/2011

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I don't think this doll is promoting teen pregnancy any more than any other doll- that's a pretty outrageous statement... how could this doll want to make a child have sex earlier than another doll??
My 2 year old pretends to BF her dolls because that's what she sees me doing with her little sister. And she lifts up her shirt to do it. At least this doll had a little sensor the child can wear so she doesn't lift her shirt, although I am completely fine with that type of pretend in our home.

Little children SHOULD be taught what breasts are for. They are so sexualized that some people don't even feel comfortable when they are used to feed a child. I think that's sad.
If you can have a doll that has a bottle and the child can feed it that way, why not have a breastfeeding doll?

I think I will buy this for my little girls when it comes available.

Chelsea - posted on 07/25/2011

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I deleted the dublicate :)

so ill start by saying i think its about time they made one....in highschool i took a family class and we had to take home a doll to make us realize how hard it was to have a baby, this doll use to come with the option to breastfeed rather then bottle, by the time i took the class the administration got rid of that option because of the sexual nature of breastfeeding (bs),

I dont think this is sexual at all which most of the people who disagree with it think. Just like all the animated dolls that suck when you give them a special bottle, its not nessicary and children will give a doll a bottle even if the baby doesnt suck as part of pretending, by the time a little girl is 4-5 she wants the doll that acts real and noone says how unnecessary the bottle drinking dolls are. The same goes with breastfeeding a doll, any little girl or boy how has dolls or stuffed animals that is exposed to breastfeed regualr will breastfeed there doll with or without the animation to look real. Kaelyn wont play with dolls or animals like they are babies since we have brought the new baby home but pretended to give the dolls bottles before the baby was born because that is what she remebered (she weaned from bf at 8 months). i also think that the way they went about activating the dolls sucking motion is clever and appropriate, from what i heard most kids who pretend to bf lift there shirts just like mommy does, this encourages them not to lift there shirt, again bf isnt sexual but people who dont bf have a tendency to see it that way, with this doll i think we as a society come one step closer to the normalization of bfing and that is very much needed in my opinion

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