7 responses to “Is the Breastfeeding Doll UnAmerican?”

  1. DeAnnR

    Found my way via another website. I do have to gioive the disclaimer that I am Childfree. This doll kind of creeps me out too. I also think its unnecessary. A child can pretend to breast feed with any doll, shoot with a teddy bear if she wants to.

    @Ilana. I had a similar experience. A colleague on maternity leave came in to show off her baby. Later when I went down to the cafeteria she was breastfeeding uncovered which made just about everyone, male and female, alike uncomfortable. Yes, on a purely logical level we know breastfeeding is best and natural and legal, but there are just somethings you don’t want to see, like a co-workers boob.

    I know lots of breastfeeding advocates say Just dont look, that was a little hard for those at that dining table. And lots of not lactating people say don’t do it in public. But hey, the kids gotta eat. I think a little consideration and empathy on both side could go along way. I understand about not wanting to feed a baby in a restroom. I’m old enough to remember when ladies rooms had an anteroom with a couch for fainting and feeding. I think a modesty covering would allow the Mom to feed in public and not upset the sensibilities of others. Yeah, folks know whats happening under the covering, but they’re not getting slapped upside the head with a mammary gland. Mom gets to feed the aby and engage in conversation with the people around her. Win-win.

  2. Tara Kamiya

    Yeah, it’s much better to pretend that we are over feeding the baby formula that may lead to a life of obesity and health problems. It’s unAmerican to teach healthy lifestyles. What’s wrong with you people.

  3. Ilana

    I haven’t written about the doll on my own blog because I am honestly not sure how I feel about it. Actually, I do know how I feel about it— IT’S TOTALLY CREEPY!!!! But I also kind of want to be one of those people that thinks Americans make way too big of a deal over nudity and breastfeeding is totally natural etc. etc.

    I am a huge advocate of breastfeeding but I also know that formula is one of the things that helped the women’s movement so they could go back to work after having a baby. And breast pumping SUCKS. Although I did it for over a year.

    It’s a loaded bag I guess.

    Also? I was at a wedding this weekend where someone breastfed, uncovered at the dinner table and I thought it was totally ridiculous. She very easily could have used a cover-up or gone into the hallway.

    So I guess I’m just another American prude.

  4. Erin

    The halter top is kind of weird. The flowers make me think of those old health videos that refer to the flowering of womanhood or some romance novel where they use similar terms to describe naughty bits in love scenes.
    I’m all for breast feeding, and it didn’t bother me one iota that my girls (and one of my boys) pretended to nurse dolls (the boy did it maybe twice then went back to smashing the doll with a train). I have a bigger problem with a doll that costs over $100. Call me a traditionalist, but I like the mostly soft kinds with no batteries. Why spend all that money on a hard plastic doll that eats batteries and can only be in a crawling position? So this one can nurse and burp. Whoopdie do. I think the fact that girls have pretended to nurse dolls for thousands of years shows you don’t need to fork over all that money to “educate” them. My daughters can pretend all the same things and more on a $6.99 doll and go to DisneyWorld for a day and get ice cream for the same price. But if you think your daughter would benefit from it, knock yourself out. I’ll be at DisneyWorld.

  5. pamela pinta

    Like I said last night “CREEPY”! Now that you explained it I am creeped out even more. I cannot even bring myself to watch the video I am taking your word for it!

  6. urkdingright

    I don’t think it’s creepy. I feel that, if people are put off by it, then they don’t have to buy one for their child. I am a big breastfeeding advocate and breast fed my daughter. You will not see me getting bent out of shape when she wants a doll that comes with a bottle.

  7. Maman A Droit

    Funny that it’s European, because what’s more American than charging parents $100 for a plastic, battery-powered toy so they can play the way they naturally would with a much cheaper toy? Lol. It doesn’t bother me one bit, but I’d never pay that for a doll and hate battery powered dolls.

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