A Breastfeeding Doll For Your Little Girl?Sucky, Or Just Ducky?
I saw this topic come up on another website, and felt compelled to write about it here on Twinpossible. I’m surprised as open-minded that I am, I am having such a problem with this new ‘toy’ out on the market for little girls, but somehow, I am.
Now, I think breastfeeding is a beautiful, amazing experience, that has countless benefits for baby, and helps the bonding process between mother and child. It’s natural..It’s beneficial. No doubt about it. These things simply cannot be denied, however, is it appropriate that young girls have become a target market for a so called ‘breastfeeding baby doll’ that they use to simulate breastfeeding on their very own bodies?
Now breastfeeding is a natural bodily function…yes, but so is peeing and pooping, and I know when I am going to the bathroom I prefer to go alone without my child watching, if and when I can, or try to shield myself in the best ways possible. Doesn’t always work, but you know what I mean. Even in store fitting rooms questions get asked, but right now it’s easy to just say, ‘When you are older, you’ll have those to.’
Sex is a very natural thing as well, and a healthy part of life and adult relationships. Will we soon have dolls on the market that simulate that act to prepare children for having sexual relations, as well? Who knows, but I bet ya it’s coming soon enough! This doll is not as bad as that, but you get where I’m going with this.
I just personally don’t see the need to prepare a 6 year old for the wonders and benefits of breastfeeding. Did anybody do so to us? We still managed to figure it all out, didn’t we? Where is the need for this doll really coming from? I can’t help but wonder.
My daughter is 5 and has no idea what breastfeeding is. I think since I didn’t it with my twins, there is no reason to explain it to her. I DO understand that some moms will have no choice but to explain it a little bit anyways, because they are breastfeeding a younger sibling, and questions might be asked. Actually, very likely asked. I get that.
HOWEVER, to have a doll that the small child actually uses to pretend they are breastfeeding themselves, is WRONG TO ME, on many different levels, and for numerous reasons.
Now if this doll was say, a Barbie-type doll that had a little baby with it, that the child used the smaller ’baby’ to breastfeed off of the mama.. aka Barbie, it would be far more acceptable to me, though I still wouldn’t buy it personally, but it’s very different then having a baby size doll actually mimicking the breastfeeding process directly off of your child’s body, or is it just me?
At least the child isn’t naked. I’ll give them that much, for the apron like nursing top.
I just don’t think the world is ready for such a thing, or ever will be, to tell you the truth. Explain what you wish to them yourselves, but keep some details private, as kids grow up fast enough as it is, and too fast in my personal opinion. Why are we so eager to push them with such things? It’s not like it’s something that needs years of preparation, in advance for.
I don’t blame anyone who feels the opposite way that I do about this. We are all entitled to have our own opinions, express them, and I always respect that. They aren’t passing these dolls out at school or anything like that, so it’s really a choice of YOURS as a parent, whether to buy or not to buy this little baby doll, but I think that too much knowledge too soon, can create problems in the long run, but again that’s just me. It may seem innocent to many, but what about the things that you can’t yet predict?
What is if the child grows up and has a problem breastfeeding her own baby, and cannot do it. Will learning from such a young age how important this subject matter is, make her feel badly about herself, and like an inadequent mother? I mean any ill effects or benefits, clearly could not be seen so soon with something this new.
I’m just thinking about potential future ramifications, is all. I’d personally never buy, recommend, or back up such a product. In my mind, I say, ‘Let them learn when their own time comes, like we all did.’ I think we turned out pretty good and figured things out all on our own, didn’t we?
Feel free to share your thoughts on the subject.
(Video of the doll in question is added below, along with a second video about my personal feelings about the subject at hand.)