The breastfeeding doll has arrived in the US. First produced in Spain, it has become quite popular in Europe.
The doll is made by Berjuan Toys, a company out of Spain. It comes with a special halter top that has two flowers where nipples would be. When a little girl puts on the top and holds the baby doll up the flowers, it makes suckling sounds.
As you might imagine, some outspoken Americans are up in arms about this product. I guess they are worried that little girls might start thinking about what their breasts are designed to do instead of whether they are big or perky enough.
People who find it offensive might ask themselves why it’s okay for children to play with dolls who drink from bottles with artificial “nipples.” How can they condone exposing children to toys designed imitate the shape of a woman’s naked anatomy? Without a modesty cover! Even worse, people take out these artificial nipples with no shame. Like, at the mall.
Seriously, I don’t know why this is such a big deal. My sons and daughters both “nursed” dolls without any special clothes or equipment. The doll is cute, although I suspect the sucking sounds would have driven me crazy.
But given a choice among Barbie, Bratz and Berjuan, there’s no question which I would choose.
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