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The Breastfeeding Baby Doll

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The Daily Mail is up in arms! Mumsnetters are disgusted! And what has caused this unusual(!) state of affairs? Yep, it’s a breastfeeding baby doll.

Breast Milk Breastfeeding Baby DollThe rather expensive doll, made by Spanish firm Berjuan Toys and priced at £60, apparently makes realistic suckling noises and demands to be burped.

Pretty much the same as this Baby Annabel, which suckles and burps for a mere £29 or the Chou Chou Rock-a-Bye Baby which yawns, giggles, cries and sucks for £29.97, or any number of other “functional baby dolls”, most of which are bottle fed. Aside from my deep dislike of any “realistic” doll, I (and many more ex-breastfeeding mums like me) would probably be ideal customers for a doll that didn’t automatically come with a bottle and a dummy.

So when we’ve already got dolls that wee and poo, and have far less appealing functions, what’s causing the uproar? And more to the point, what’s costing the extra £30?

Just put on the fashionable top included with each Breast Milk Baby, bring the baby’s mouth up to the pretty flower, and enjoy the closeness, the loving bond between mother and child.

Ah… The “fashionable” top with the “pretty flowers”… And that’s where I find myself siding with the Daily Mail and the Mumsnetters. I am fine with my daughter pretending to breastfeed her dolls. I am as ok with suckling sounds as I am with burps, cries and giggles. But I don’t think she needs fake nipples to pretend, not even flower shaped ones. There is nothing remotely sexual about a child pretending to feed a baby doll, but dressing a little girl in a crop top with what look like nipple tassles for juniors is just plain wrong!

NB. Despite the sensational headlines, I don’t think you’re going to be seeing this doll in the Top 10 Xmas Toy Lists anytime soon. The only place I could find to buy a Breastfeeding Baby Doll in the UK was on Ebay.

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