My doula, Rebecca, has written this article in The Guardian about the "breast milk baby doll" - a doll that allows children to pretend to breastfeed. She says it highlights how confused we are about breastfeeding that people think the doll is 'gross'.
I have to agree that I think normalising breastfeeding in the eyes of young male and female children is essential - and boobs aren't just sexy things to gawp or giggle at. (I've started to see this a bit in ds1 who's 6).
They were talking about this on the radio today but I had to turn it off as I was getting all cross just when they were introducing the article.
I agree it's totally normal, (just as ff is also normal) and little girls already pretend to breast feed their dolls just as they pretend to bottle feed their dolls. They were making out that this was part of brain washing kids about having to breast feed . Surely it's just making it normal??
I would argue that the formula companies have done such a good job at establishing bottle feeding as the norm, that their advertising methods, and dubious tactics in developing countries, could be more easily labelled as 'brainwashing'.
It's not just the formula companies, though - it's a generation of doctors and HCPs who genuinely thought bottle was best and passed that on to mothers. Breastfeeding spent a few decades being something that only the poor and weirdos did - we're still coming back from that.
I do agree that specific breastfeeding dolls are a marketing gimmick DD is perfectly happy to breastfeed any of her dolls - or in fact her teapot - and doesn't need a special vest to show her where her nipples are! It's the vest I find weird, not the doll. I mean, who doesn't know where their nipples are??
What was noticeable in the comments section was that the people who found the doll weird were the ones who didn't have children.
There are lots of people that cover up with a muslin, scarf or one of those bib things so I don't think the vest thing is that bad. I think the flower nipples are ok too and may make feeding more appealing to little girls. The little bottles/dummies that come with bottles tend to be pink for that reason too. Many little girls like toys with 'accessories' so I think this is quite a clever way of competing with little bottles. Maybe they could introduce little bottles of Lansinoh, cake, pints of water and mini remote controls to sell with the dolls too!!
I couldn't read the DM piece for fury. I managed to watch the debacle of the TM 'debate', I felt very sorry for the American Doula who must of been at the last minute - they couldn't even spell her name correctly - who was clearly totally unprepared for any debate, especially when faced with, "*the one study into breast milk being better is inclusive*" as an argument.
One Fucking Study.
A debate involving two female tried to breastfeed / didn't like it / couldn't do it women and the husband of on those women and an unprepared person, isn't exactly a level playing field.
Oh, of course, ITV, always pro breastfeed bashing.
If a breastfeeding doll is brainwashing, what the fuck have decades of dolls with bottles been doing?!?