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Is ‘Breast Milk Baby’ Too Sexual For Kids?

Is ‘Breast Milk Baby’ Too Sexual For Kids?

Some dolls cry. Others pee. Most drink from bottles. But a new baby doll from Spain breastfeeds. It’s hard to find in US toy stores, however, in part because stores are afraid of alienating customers who think it’s “too sexual” for our children. Odd, because I fail to see how it’s sexual at all. Why shouldn’t little girls learn that when they become mommies, their breasts will have an amazing non-sexual function: making milk?

I can understand why so many adults don’t understand nature’s intention for breasts. Growing up, adults today rarely, if ever, witnessed breastfeeding; breasts were for attracting other adults, mainly the male-variety. Kind of like Barbie and Ken. Breast Milk Baby, in contrast, focuses on using breasts to feed babies. Play involves a girl nurturing, rather than luring.

Let’s look even closer at toys marketed to children who might play with a Breast Milk Baby:

Barbie: sports a body so generously curved it could never exist in real life.

BRATZ dolls: with high heels and revealing clothing, BRATZ wear an expression that can only be described as sultry.

Moxie Girlz: less extreme than BRATZ, the more “normal” Moxie doll is still a thin, flawless beauty queen.

Breast Milk Baby: the doll makes suckling sounds when it approaches sensors on a cute, non-revealing tank top worn by children “breastfeeding.”

Which toys teach girls to be sexual and which teach them about biology?

Sexualization aside, some might ask why you even need a Breast Milk Baby. Isn’t it just a gimmick?

I’d answer that kids love the gimmicks! My girls “breastfed” their baby dolls contentedly until someone left a baby bottle at our home. Instantly, their babies became bottle-fed babies, even with regular nudges to choose nursing over bottles. I am positive that if they’d had the option of a nursing baby doll, they would have delighted in it too, maybe more than the bottles.

But the reality is that bottles are still synonymous with baby-rearing. As many hospitals launch initiatives to better support breastfeeding, we as a society still have a long road ahead. Is one of the obstacles the (false?) association between breastfeeding and sex? By reminding us of the distinction, does Breast Milk Baby help empower not only breastfeeding mothers but girls and women in general?

Related:
Breast is Best (As Long as We Don’t See It!)
What a Breastfeeding Doll Says About Society
Do Children Need a Doll That Gives Birth?

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10:09PM PDT on Jun 5, 2013

What's sexual about breastfeeding? All mammals do it. I remember seeing my mom breastfeed my three younger brothers when they were babies, and it wasn't traumatic or emotionally scarring for me, nor did I ever associate it with sex (not that I knew much, if anything, about sex anyway, being pretty young at the time). And really, if parents are worried about sexual children's toys, they should be up in arms about things like Barbies and Bratz dolls, not a toy that encourages kids to imitate a nurturing act.

11:01AM PST on Feb 21, 2013

a sad world when we make feeding our young about sex. i breastfed my first, and will be breastfeeding this new baby, and so help me if someone tells me I'm making my kids "sexual" they will get an earful. Its a cute idea! I agree that every OTHER doll seems bent on sexual appearance and making woman objects. Breastfeeding is beautiful, natural, and what nature intended.

8:46AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

interesting, but a bit much for children

12:54AM PST on Jan 25, 2013

Thank you for the comments:)

6:34AM PST on Jan 24, 2013

Just give the child a baby doll, if mommy nurses that child will nurse their baby too... if that mommy bottle feeds that child will bottle their little baby too. Why do we need a "breast feeding baby doll?"

5:55PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

PS. Both my children - a boy and a girl - grew up breastfeeding their dolls as that is what they had seen!

5:54PM PST on Dec 6, 2012

Why is it not play if a child plays at breastfeeding? When a child plays with a doll and bottle-feeds it, it is play...why does it cease to be if she is doing it the natural way - breastfeeding - instead. We have gone so far in sexualizing the human body that now it seems we can no longer view it outside of that.

7:30AM PST on Dec 3, 2012

interesting article!

4:04PM PST on Dec 2, 2012

So who the flock thinks that breast-feeding is sexual? Probably those same guys who think that women who are trimmed/shaved/waxed to resemble 10 year-old girls are sexier.

8:01AM PST on Nov 29, 2012

Thank you Mari G. I was thinking the same thing.

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