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breastfeeding baby doll. Would you buy one

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VoldemortsNipple Thu 04-Aug-11 08:42:59

Daybreak today showed a doll that's causing quite a storm in the US.

The child places a bra type thing on and then pretends to breastfeed the doll which begins to suckle. I have older children so I wouldnt be buying dolls of any type. But I am fighting with myself if the doll is morally right or wrong.

Mumsnet jury. What's your verdict.

Sorry can't link, I'm on my phone.

peppapighastakenovermylife Thu 04-Aug-11 08:44:02

I can't quite see the point although might be missing something.

My DC's have all breastfed various dolls / teddies / dinosaurs / cars when I have been feeding...they didnt need a special vest.

ThePosieParker Thu 04-Aug-11 08:46:31

It's weird....why does a child need a bra for imaginary play?

WidowWadman Thu 04-Aug-11 08:47:02

My daughter tries to breastfeed every single doll and stuffed animal she owns, and also has tried to breastfeed her little sister - I don't see why you'd need a special doll?

WidowWadman Thu 04-Aug-11 08:49:14

Don't see a moral issue though, by the way. A pretend suckle vest is probably no different to pretend emptying bottles, dolls that can cry, wee etc.

I personally don't like too many functions on a doll, but that's a matter of taste, not morals. Unless you think that breastfeeding is somehow immoral.

PacificDogwood Thu 04-Aug-11 08:50:47

I've not seen the doll either, but would second what peppapig said: my older two 'BF' various teddies and other toys (including books grin) when I was feeding Nr3.

No need for 'special' doll or bra thing, yuck!! And what about little boys who want to play at BFing? Surely they are more likely to become supportive partners to their BFing other halves when they are grown up, non wink.

<<mutters to herself 'bra top' indeed>>

biddysmama Thu 04-Aug-11 08:51:06

no, im an extended/tandem nearly triandem breastfeeder, all you need to breastfeed is a baby and breasts, dd breastfeeds all her toys, ive bf cars before, its just a way of getting money out of the bottle free houses that arent buying the fancy bottle feeding 'real' dolls

biddysmama Thu 04-Aug-11 08:52:42

widow my 28 month old dd told my 11 month old the other day that he was having her 'yummyyummys' (her word not mine) today, not mummys grin he didnt look impressed when she lifted her top for him

Shannaratiger Thu 04-Aug-11 08:53:37

I agree my daughter did exactly the same when I was breast feeding her younger brother. If children only see people around them bottle feeding them that is what they will want to copy, if they haven't got an actual baby bottle they will find something to substitute. It's adults who think that children want everything to be totaly realistic, children just use their imagination and improvise!

TheCountessOlenska Thu 04-Aug-11 08:54:17

Hmm - sounds unnecessary and deliberately provocative IMO.

I object to dolls that come with bottles, and that bothers me more than this because you see them everywhere! I've never used a bottle so they have no relevance in this house!

DirtyMartini Thu 04-Aug-11 08:57:21

This is at least the third time there has been an "outcry" in the media over a BF doll. I don't recall the others having a special bra/vest thing though. I don't get why that is necessary? Or even why a special doll is needed.

As for morally right or wrong, I am even more confused by this question. How is it a moral issue in any way if a child pretends to BF? They mimic all sorts of parenting behaviours. It is a normal and rather sweet thing to do.

WidowWadman Thu 04-Aug-11 09:04:03

"And what about little boys who want to play at BFing? Surely they are more likely to become supportive partners to their BFing other halves when they are grown up, non wink."

According to my mother in law, my husband often breastfed his teddy when he was little. He's very supportive of breastfeeding, but he wasn't overly thrilled when she posted it on facebook...

biddysmama Thu 04-Aug-11 09:07:51

i put a picture on facebook of my dd nursing her dolly, my grandad said i should take it off because it wasnt appropriate confused

PacificDogwood Thu 04-Aug-11 09:09:32

grin @ widow's MIL - see, this is what happens when Parents get access to Social Media wink.

I had a doll a a little girl which 'spoke' (you put little round discs in her back - v v spooky) and I really did not like it at all. All her stupid set phrases totally interferered with what I wanted to play at the time. I v quickly 'lost' all the records...

I am still feeling queasy at the bra top though. That's just wrong!

LoveBeingAtHomeOnMyOwn Thu 04-Aug-11 09:10:12

You can already get dolls that pretend to drink from the bottle but totally agree it's not needed, any doll can be bf!

DirtyMartini Thu 04-Aug-11 09:15:20

What is it that people are so weirded out by, d'you think? Is it that they think it is somehow wrong because playing at breastfeeding implies (shock, horror) having imaginary breasts to feed with? Even though that is not, to the child, what they are focusing on at all?

I suspect it is that, because I can't think of anything else it might be. And we all know that there is Probably Something Sexual about the whole scenario hmm

DirtyMartini Thu 04-Aug-11 09:16:08

Yes the bra thing is v fucked up IMO. (not having seen it, admittedly - just the concept is ick)

michelleseashell Thu 04-Aug-11 09:16:37

It's a bib the kid wears with two little flowers and then when the flower and the doll's mouth line up, the doll makes sucking noises.

Sounds sweet to me. No weirder than breastfeeding micro machines.

biddysmama Thu 04-Aug-11 09:19:27

i dont find it wierd, just not needed, like i said, you need a baby and breasts to breastfeed, not a special top

sootytotherescue Thu 04-Aug-11 09:20:29

I've started another thread on this with a link if you want to pop over and see it. other thread

DirtyMartini Thu 04-Aug-11 09:20:54

Ohh OK, so it's to make the doll do its thing? OK. (have also just seen descriptions on other thread) Fair enough, I thought from the OP that it was just some kind of bra garment for the sake of it.

thefirstMrsDeVere Thu 04-Aug-11 09:23:00

How can it be morally wrong?

Unless its because they are trying to make money out of it.

But toy companies have been doing that for generations.

It may be a bit stupid. You dont need a special bra/vest/bib you just need a doll.

But morally wrong?

FFS we live in a culture where you can buy playboy bunny duvets for 8 year olds.

And a breastfeeding doll is morally wrong?

VoldemortsNipple Thu 04-Aug-11 09:31:55

Maybe morally is the wrong word.

widowwadman don't make assumptions about my opinions on breastfeeding. They are negative and unfair on the many women who choose to bottle feed. Personally I have 3 DCs and they have all been fed differently from exclusively brueastfed to exclusively bottle fed and a mixture of both.

Like many on here, I think the technology of this doll is unnecessary. Children mimic what they see. Christine Blakley voiced that she thorght it sexualised childen by making them aware of their bodies.

thefirstMrsDeVere Thu 04-Aug-11 09:33:11

Christine Blakley is a twit.

thefirstMrsDeVere Thu 04-Aug-11 09:34:21

I have several small boys atm and they are all very aware of their flipping bodies.

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