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Thursday, August 06, 2009

Dolls that walk, talk, cry, and run a temperature. Now this?

Oh no! They've invented a baby doll that encourages breastfeeding! What's next, one that poops?

I find the furor over this doll ridiculous, myself. Madeleine and Rachel both pretended to nurse various dolls; Maddie more so, but still. Both of 'em.
They didn't need a doll to encourage them, Maddie did it with her teddy bear or her stuffed giraffe as well as baby dolls. They learned it from their mother's example. They saw me feeding their younger sibling(s) and were simply imitating. They didn't need any special clothes for it, either; both girls would just hike up their shirt and settle the doll in the appropriate place.
Now, they didn't do it while out and about, at church or somewhere like that. It was pretty much at home. And no, even at home I'm not naked neck to navel to nurse, either.

Dumbest section of the whole article: "Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing health editor of, said although he supports the idea of breast-feeding, he sees how his own daughter plays with dolls and wonders if Bebe Gloton might speed up maternal urges in the little girls who play it."
Exactly how would the doll do that any more than any other baby doll? Would it help if if it then wets or poops to give that less-pleasant aspect of motherhood too? Are they listening to themselves?

I could see getting upset over the concept of merchandising, but over the breastfeeding aspect? That I find risible.

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At 7:23 AM, Blogger Melanie B said...

I'm with you. I'm a bit disturbed by the top with the daisy flaps that fold down to reveal the girl's nipples. That may be a bit much.

Anyway, Bella needed no encouragement to breastfeed her dolls. She did it spontaneously in imitation of me. And very cute it is too.
I think the whole uproar reflects our very disordered attitudes toward nursing and sexuality in general.

At 3:43 AM, Blogger Barb, sfo said...

OK, so if such dolls would "speed up maternal urges" in the little girls who play with them, what kind of urges would be speeded up in the girls who play with Bratz?


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