A Suckling Breast Feeding Baby Toy?!?!
This is not your typical baby doll. This one is like many as it cries, it burps….BUT it also suckles!
So how does it work, this is the best part, it is easy, all children have to do is put on a halter top that has sensors sewn in the nipples, which are covered with petal appliqués. Then when he doll is held near the sensors, the baby begins to make suckling noises.
The $89 breastfeeding baby is a hit in Europe, but it hasn’t made it on the mainstream shelves in the U.S. because critics claim the toy is too sexualized for kids.
Cynthia Epps, a lactation consultant, said she isn’t surprised the doll hasn’t been widely accepted in the country.
“The controversy stems from when there was a cultural shift in the 1950s to bottle feeding as the paradigm,” said Epps. “At that time, breasts were also simultaneously sexualized. Suddenly breasts became sexual instead of nutritive.”
“We’ve had a lot of support from lots of breastfeeding organizations, lots of mothers, lots of educators,” said Lewis, in Orlando, Fla. “There also has been a lot of blowback from people who maybe haven’t thought to think about really why the doll is there and what its purpose is. Usually they are people that either have problems with breastfeeding in general, or they see it as something sexual.”
So far, the controversial doll is only available online at The Breast Milk Baby