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I love breastfeeding. I mean, not personally, but you know what I mean. Because I haven’t ever lactated or whatever. Personally.

Anyway, the other day I found this kids’ doll called “The Breast Milk Baby.” Prepare for your mind to be blown, either minimally or maximally, depending on your personal parenting philosophy. It teaches your kids to breastfeed.

If you find breastfeeding Not Safe For Work, this = NSFW. If you don’t, party on.

I was intrigued to say the least. I wanted to understand what I was seeing.

To be honest, I’m conflicted.

I want to be all crunchy granola guy and say breastfeeding is natural. It’s the way to go. Viva Las Boobies! But I’m also trying to decide what is age appropriate here. Should we be teaching our girls these themes this young? It’s a natural act but is breastfeeding just like a kid feeding their pretend baby a pretend bottle as a pretend mommy?

Also, if you’re going to teach kids about BFing and you use flowers as nipples, isn’t that a little confusing? I’m confused enough about my own nipples.

Do you think this doll is appropriate?

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53 Responses to “The Breast Milk Baby Doll (NSFW?)”

  1. JB says:

    Charlie I would love to be the first to go ahead and say that breast-feeding is natural. In fact, I think lactating women should whip their food-engorged ta-tad out and help feed 3rd world children.

    However, this doll is NOT natural. My daughter pretended with a doll or a stuffed animal sitting on the couch next to my wife. This doll is just over the live of cute and it’s approaching Child’s Play creepy.

    Regular breastfeeding with real boobs = good. This doll = weird.

    • Jess says:

      You said EXACTLY what I was gonna say. My niece does the same thing….pretends with her dolly while mama’s feeding the little one and that’s fine. She’s just observing and acting on what she’s observing to learn. But a doll that actually makes the sucking noise and motion?!?! That’s gone too far!

      There’s pretend and then there’s creepy. This is 100% creepy.

    • Noira says:

      How is this any more or less strange than a child using a bottle to feed a baby doll?

      • JB says:

        There are so many things that babies do. Why would you want any toy that doesn’t only ONE thing anyway? Do you remember that doll that pooped in a diaper??? This is the same. It is a weird toy that does only one thing, and restricts young minds from being able to grow from using their imagination?

        Real boobs, real milk = good.
        Real babies, real poop = gross, but good.

        Toys that do these things = *BARF!

  2. Liesbet says:

    I just don’t get why a doll should actually DO that. I’m 7 months pregnant and my mother is going to buy my 2-year old daughter a baby doll when her little brother is born. Little girls do the same as their parents, and so I fully expect that she will want to change her “baby’s” diaper, that she will hold him like I hold the new baby, and that she will try to breastfeed the doll like I will breastfeed her brother and like I breastfed her when she was little. Totally natural all the way. But the doll does not have to make sucking noises and my daughter does not need a bra with flowers for the doll to suck on. What happened to imagination???

    • Mo says:

      A very good comment and a very good question! Kids will play “breastfeeding” among other baby-related plays, which is A-ok, but they don’t need everything spelled out that LOUD.

  3. Louise says:

    I’m sure that little girls pretend to breastfeed their dolls, i’ve even heard of a little girl pretending to breastfeed her baby brother, but i really think three year olds should be encouraged to bottlefeed their ‘babies’. Do mums really want their daughter (or son – you never know) in the middle of a shopping centre insisting that dolly is hungry, and attaching a loudly-sucking doll to their bra – which they refused to leave the house without?

    • Noira says:

      If my child did that in the store I would see nothing wrong with it anymore than a mom feeding their baby in the store or another little girl feeding their baby with a bottle in the store. This toy isn’t forcing little girls to grow up any more than them using a bottle to feed baby dolls is. And yes my daughter breastfed all her toys, and made me breastfeed them for her as well.

  4. Jessica Ferg says:

    They didn’t need to make it as little boys and girls will copy their parents with out a doll.that sucks on flowers I can’t really say yes or no cause I’m in the middle but I might chose that doll over a bottle one. Yes my son gets a bottle but I’m a full time mom part time employed employee, so I still breastfeed the rest of the time.

  5. “But I’m also trying to decide what is age appropriate here. Should we be teaching our girls these themes this young?”

    Of course, in many households girls of that age (and boys too) are learning those themes by watching mommy nurse younger siblings. So I don’t think the age of the kid really matters much.

    But this toy is odd, and probably not an effective way to teach kids about breastfeeding.

  6. I am going to say I love this doll. They have dolls with bottles so why cant there be a breastfeeding doll. I know most moms love how the younger children learn about breastfeeding from them but if we as a society are to make breastfeeding a normal practice then why cant it be equal to the other dolls out there. I mean they have a pooping and pee’ing doll. A crying doll. A doll that eats. Dolls that talk. Why not. I am a pro breastfeeding father of four kids that were and still are being breastfed by my wife….

    Bring on the Dolls.

    With that being said, my daughter doesnt play with dolls so we wont be buying one. But I would if she did!

  7. Marisa says:

    I honestly don’t understand what the big deal is here. Is it that teaching young kids about how babies are fed is inappropriate? In that case, why is it fine to pretend to bottle feed your doll? Or is it that bodily fluids (incl breastmilk) is deemed ‘gross’ and inappropriate, in which case, why is it okay to have dolls that can ‘pee’?

    There is absolutely nothing wrong or weird or inappropriate with breastfeeding and if you want to know the truth, most young kids have absolutely no problem with it, because they don’t have the preconceived notions that’s been imprinted upon the rest of society.

    I myself have breastfed in front of quite a few young kids and toddlers who are not familiar with breastfeeding (their moms used formula)- I used a cover – and they were just curious about what I was doing, that’s it. I explained that baby was drinking milk and that sometimes milk comes from a bottle and other times from mommy; they accepted it just like that and moved on. No weirdness at all from the kid’s side.

    As for the flowers as nipples – I don’t have a problem with that, when kids are playing any roleplay game they substitute items for another all the time, I don’t think this is any different. Kids deserve more credit than what we give them!

    • mo says:

      Ditto to everything Marisa said. I’d be more inclined to buy this doll than a bottle fed one. Though we did buy my boys dolls that came with bottles and I just tossed the bottles before I gave them to the boys.

  8. vegas710 says:

    I don’t think there’s anything *wrong* with it, I just put it in the same category of dolls that pee. It’s not pretend if the doll actually does it!

  9. Liesbet says:

    I’d like to second that, vegas710. I don’t have an issue with breastfeeding dolls per se, I only want to stimulate her imagination and I hope she never asks for a doll that can talk/pee/walk on its own either.

  10. Ingrid says:

    It is totally appropriate. All children play games nurturing dolls and other toys. Part of the human experience of nurturing a baby is the act breastfeeding! Anyway, I’m sure women who nursed their babies would think it’s fine. I guess a woman who has not nursed a baby (or a man) may not feel that way. But then her children would imitate her bottle feeding anyway, so the point may be moot (unless he wants to normalize breastfeeding for her children which would be truly AWESOME!).

  11. Ingrid says:

    Haha- nursing a man is a rather difference experience ;)

  12. abrena says:

    I think its more natural than feeding a doll a bottle. my daughters would pretend to breastfeed their dolls whenever they saw me breastfeed their brother and Id prefer to see that than them shoving a bottle in a babies mouth. im not against bottlefeeding, i had to with my girls, id just rather them know that its better wih boobies ;)

  13. Cindy says:

    I voted yes for the doll, but I wouldn’t buy it. I also wouldn’t buy a doll that pees or a doll that requires a bottle to feed it. My son has a plain old doll and he pretended to nurse while I fed his brother. It was adorable and didn’t need any special equipment…I also didn’t tell him to do it, he did it naturally. (btw according to my son, who was 20 months at the time, breast milk comes from the belly button.)

    I think we need the doll on the market because it will help breastfeeding be seen as normal….no one have this discussion over a doll that makes noises while drinking a bottle. I think the bra is over the top though and think it would be a better product without it.

  14. Sarah says:

    I love breastfeeding, and breastfed my son. I think it’s totally normal for children to pretend to breastfeed their dolls/stuffed animals. However, this doll is kind of creepy. Breastfeeding = awesome. This doll = weird. Then again I’m also not a fan of the dolls that pee etc. I agree with the previous poster that said it’s not pretend if it really does it.

    • Kermommy says:

      I agree with you and the rest of those who say this is weird. I am breastfeeding my baby, and my son is curious, and has his stuffies breast feeding each other occasionally. That seems pretty normal, if amusing to watch. But the doll that makes sucking noises? with some sort of flower bra? That is some kinda strange. I have never much liked the dolls that are too “lifelike” in their actions…you can pretend more effectively with something more generic. I have bought dolls for my son and my daughter, and they are anatomically correct to a point (they have little penises and vaginas) but they are not going to walk, talk, eat, pee, poop, in any way except imaginary. Here, I draw the line. No animatronic dolls, no robots, no talking stuffies.

  15. Brooke Heinzer says:

    I think this goes in the same category as the baby dolls that really wet their diapers. Completely natural, but a little too life-like for some. The “nursing bra” is missing an important piece: the drop down panel to hide the flower nipples when not in use.

  16. It’s a choice right? You buy it if you support it or don’t buy it.

    My son has walked around with a baby under his shirt pretending he was nursing it since he was a toddler. I never thought to stop him because it’s imaginative play… and it is pretty funny.

    Also, I’d much rather my kids to know breasts as being functional parts of raising babies rather than something visual to impress dudes with.

  17. Shantel says:

    I am in the middle of this so can’t really put an answer on your poll….
    Both my lo bf their dolls, nothing unnatural about it. They are learning a very natural thing, and should be normalized by it. This helps them as they grow. Children copy their parents it is how they learn about the world.
    The middle for me is there is no need for the flower halter top.

  18. Elise says:

    I’d echo a lot of the already voiced sentiment that brestfeeding is normal, but the doll is a little over the top.

    I nursed my son and I plan to when our second arrives in Oct. And I don’t have a problem with kids playing it either, in fact my parents have an early home movie (they were before the curve on those) of me “nursing” one of my dolls.

    I guess what turns me off on the doll is that is highlights the issue and makes them think that it is something special, when the act of breastfeeding is a perfectly normal thing, not a big deal. Similar to the reason that dolls that “potty” are not given anatomically correct “private” parts – we don’t highlight those details that early.

    If they want to care for a doll in the way they have seen other babies cared for, great. But having my child pipe up with “Grandpa! Look at my new Breastfeeding Baby! She drinks from my bobbies like brother does from Mommies!” is not something that I want to deal with.

  19. Alan says:

    I’m right there with Elise.
    Our boys were breastfed and I personally feel there is no better way to ensure the health of your baby. I think most children will naturally want to mimic breast feeding (along with changing, dressing, playing doctor, etc.) with a doll or stuffed animal. Completely normal behavior for children and a great exercise for their maturing imaginations.
    Why do we need these specialized, functioning pieces of plastic that need batteries (and make noises that always ends up bugging the crap out of someone)?.. Probably to satisfy the revenue projections of toy companies and give their marketing depts. something to do.

  20. Pete G says:

    Not appropriate, BUT my daughter would love this toy. She has watched her mom breastfeed her two younger siblings. She shoves her baby dolls up her shirt and pretends to breastfeed them. She proudly tells everyone, “I feed my baby with my nipples, because I’m a mommy!”

    -Pete

  21. Chrissy says:

    The only thing I don’t like about this doll is the bra. That’s odd and objectifying. The doll itself is okay by me.

  22. barbra says:

    I don’t have a problem with the doll. Except for the price.

    $90 for a baby doll?!?!

  23. Anna says:

    GO BOOBIES!!!!

    Breastfeeding is normal and natural. Little kids, especially girls often mimic with their dolls and “pretend breastfeeding” their dolls.
    Trust me, IT IS OK!
    They’re not going to turn out as weirdos. They’re not going to develop a boob fetish….(and if they do, pretend breastfeeding their doll had nothing to do with it).

    Trust me.

    IT WILL NOT DAMAGE YOUR CHILD!

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    Americans live their lives so afraid of everything, so afraid that their kids might turn out to be autistic, red haired, homosexual or whatever.
    Most things parents are afraid of has to do with things they cannot control.
    Raising kids is not rocket science.

    There are only THREE Baby Basics that you need to know.
    1. Love your child unconditionally.
    It doesn’t matter if your child is a baby einstein or autistic, blonde or red head, straight or gay. Love your child unconditionally, cause, frankly. You’re the only one who will.
    2. Keep you child away from objects that could kill or severely diminish your child’s lifespan.
    That includes knives, scissors, firearms and the freeway. That does not include playgrounds, the forest behind grandpa’s house
    Your son will not turn gay if you let him wear pink and your daughter will not become promiscuous if you let her boobie feed her doll.
    3. RELAX!

    There will be so much else that people will tell you to worry about so just remember those three basics and you’ll be SET.

    • Emily says:

      Love your answer, Anna! :)

      And yeah, why pay $90 for a doll when I have a million at home that my kids already nurse?

      My kiddos don’t need the pretend bra – they find mine, awkwardly wrap it around themselves and then walk around the house saying “LOOK at THESE!”

  24. Sarah says:

    The flowers are definitely over the top and quite weird, BUT… I’d rather have that than my daughter lifting up her shirt in public. If someone could come up with a happy medium, I’d be totally cool with it.

  25. Annie says:

    Is breastfeeding natural? yes. I breastfed for an entire year until I was forced to stop for health reasons. Do I think this doll is ridiculous? Heck yes I do. My daughter is a child and she does not have boobs nor does she have lactacting nipples. I am not about to buy her a doll so that she can pretend to breastfeed. Sex is also a natural act, but I will refrain from buying her a doll for that. Let children be CHILDREN.

  26. Excusez-moi but that doll is just frickin’ CREEPY! Just because it happens in nature doesn’t mean we need to make a toy out of it. What’s next? National Geographic Furry Frolicking Bears?!

    P.S. “Crunchy granola” reference, Yay!

  27. Manda says:

    This is creepy. I don’t have a problem with my daughter pretending to BF, but giving her a set of fake nipples and a doll that “latches” is over the line.

    It’s like those stupid belly toys they used to make for little girls. The ones that looked like a backpack you strapped over your belly. They “kicked” like a real baby in utero would. Do you realize how disturbing it is for your 3yo to ask someone at the mall to “feel the baby?” (Not me. A friend of mine had one.).

    It’s no different than making a baby that comes with a miniature can of Enfamil. There’s pretend…..and then there’s WTH?!

  28. jetts31 says:

    I have a hard enough time getting my girls to keep their clothing on on a daily basis without throwing in a doll that wants a teet.

  29. Laurie says:

    I have no problem with breastfeeding, however I do find this doll a bit creepy..I don’t think I have a place to say so, but it’s just a weird doll.

  30. Natalie says:

    As crazy as that is, I have a friend with 3 girls and they’ve each seen ther mother breastfeed. They pretend to nurse their dolls because it’s what they know. Not my cup o milk… I mean tea! :o) but to each their own!

  31. Katrina says:

    This commercial just comes off as creepy. It feels like we are giving kids a lesson in how to breast feed. Not teaching them to pretend and play. The doll is fine but putting on a bra to feed a baby just seems over the top. Like others have said they will copy what they see without needing a doll made for it.

  32. Evonne says:

    I’m with the folk here who agree with breastfeeding but find this doll just a bit too weird…whatever happened to having an imagination?? why do our kids (apparently) need sooo many toys that do this that and everything else? I call it commercialism at its worst – much like hot cross buns coming out straight after new years. I want my kids to just be kids.

    • Corissa says:

      It is commercialism, but it is no different than any other doll that does “stuff”. It is like a doll that talks or wets. It’s a gimmic. If you wouldn’t buy your kids a toy that requires batteries, then yeah I would see why you wouldn’t buy your kid this. But if they have dolls that wet and dolls that talk, then why not dolls that nurse?

      • Evonne says:

        I totally see your point – in thinking about it some more it’s probably more the ‘bra’ that I find most off putting. That and the sucking noise the doll makes. Maybe others are different but I don’t recall my babies being that noisy when I breastfed them. I think it’s just all a bit too overdone for me.

  33. Corissa says:

    I LOVE this doll. I found it a while back and can’t wait to get one for my little girl! Well, I can wait, sense she is only 8 months old… But anyway. I will probably be getting one of these for her about the time I am having another baby. The thing is, kids in a breastfeeding home are going to breastfeed their dolls/toys no matter what because they are going to copy mom. It just won’t be this fancy! I like that this promotes breastfeeding. It is just like how dolls come with bottles that either really drink or look like they are drinking it. My kids probably won’t even know what a bottle is!

  34. Eve says:

    My 2 year old breast feeds her babies, though with her belly button for some reason. She doesn’t need a specialized doll to do so. Of course I don’t plan on buying her a doll that eats, wets, cries, or talks either. if she requests a certain type of doll when she’s older we will discuss it, for now I’m happy to let her play her way, even if it means feeding her baby in the middle of the store. No flower nipples needed.

  35. shawnna says:

    .I love breastfeeding, its free and the perfect food. This doll is a bit strange but how did anyone else not notice that to burp the doll YOU PUNCH IT IN THE STOMACH. Hahahaaaa. That made me giggle.

    Things your child will learn from this doll:
    Breastfeeding=good
    Punching in the stomach= not good.

  36. Christina says:

    Gonna be an equal opportunist and say here and now I think any live action play doll to be unnecessary and CREEPY. That goes for pooping and peeing, bottle fed and burping, breast fed and burping doll out there. I love simple where imagination rules the day. The most advanced I like is closing eyes when you lie baby down.

    I think the details involved can be a little creepy, but no more creepy than the details in the bottle fed doll. I did breast feed all my dolls when I was little. In fact, I had no idea what the white stuff was in the toy bottle some of my dolls came with – so I never used it =p

    To each their own, but I refuse to let my daughter have any of these live action play dolls. She can have the old-fashioned ones that have cuddly bean-bag bodies and do as mommy does.

  37. K-chan says:

    Hahaha all I can say is that you don’t need a doll to involve your kids in nursing. When I nursed my son, my daughter “nursed” a stuffed toy – through her belly button. Later when my son saw my sister in law nursing her baby, he did the same. I think if the child wants to copy someone we shouldn’t discourage it, but we don’t need to encourage it (especially with a marketed product like this) either!

  38. ShawnTheGirl says:

    I think the doll is creepy- but a step in the right direction.

    When I buy my daughter a doll, I toss out the bottle. My problem is that we should be teaching our kids that BFing is normal, not bottles. Giving her a toy bottle just reinforces the bottle as what is normal, standard.

    I have nothing against bottle use. I had to suppliment with said daughter because I had supply issues. If you need it, you need it. That’s how it should be. Not all this bottle as the standard thing- it’s tough to find baby-shower stuff without bottles all over it! Something that should be last resort is taken in our country to be the norm.

    We have to change our way of thinking and talking on this topic. One mom put it to me very well- she said that we shouldn’t say things like, “Breast-fed babies are 30% smarter.” we should say, “Bottle fed babies are 30% less smart.” Not to be rude, but to point out the discrepancey here. It isn’t that breast is best, breast is the standard.

    I mean, that rearranging of facts there blew my mind. Nobody wants to make a mother who cannot BF feel bad- but the truth is, the women who actually can’t are a small group- most are like me who didn’t have enough support or education on the matter. If BF becomes the standard, then support and education don’t seem so superfluous.

    So yeah… Doll might be creepy, but I think we’d all be less creeped out if BFing were more normal- I mean, isn’t a doll that uses the potty pretty creepy too?

    • Christina says:

      LOVE LOVE LOVE your comment! The entire thing! Including the last line =)

    • Nadjia says:

      My point exactly ! Its only creepy in our mind because of the way sociaty seen breastfeeding as – rude – or showing our boobs in public – The woman boob are meant for that and little girls should be though that ! And what about those fur real babies that do the suckling noses on the bottle … that isnt creepy .. i mean when u suckling ur suckling it makes a noise ! :D

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