Spanish toymaker Berjuan has developed a controversial new doll that allows little girls to pretend to breast-feed their “Babies. ” The doll comes with a special halter top for the pretend mother to wear which has daisies on flaps that cover the child’s nipples. The flaps come undone easily, just like the flaps on a nursing bra would.
The doll (called Bebe Gloton, which translates as “gluttonous baby”) cries to signal the desire for more milk and makes sucking noises as it “feeds.”
Many parents have criticized Berjuan, saying the concept of breast-feeding is inappropriate for young children. Some have expressed fears that the doll may even promote early pregnancy. Other moms support the doll, noting that even though many health care providers endorse breast-feeding, dolls usually come with a bottle, thus teaching children that babies should be fed artificially.
Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing health editor of FOXNews.com, fears that the doll may speed up maternal urges for girls who play with it (even though he personally supports the idea of breast-feeding). He said “Pregnancy has to entail maturity and understanding…it’s like introducing sex education in first grade instead of seventh or eighth grade. Or, it could inadvertently lead little girls to become traumatized. You never know the effects this could have until she’s older.”