The lifelike Breast Milk Baby, costing £60, makes suckling noises when brought close to a special flowery bib, sparking online outrage from mothers branding it “creepy” and “disgusting.”
Much like a real infant, the doll also requires winding after each feed and will cry if her young carer doesn’t perform her maternal duties.
As reported by The Mirror, mothers on online forums have been vocal in their disgust at the product’s realism, calling it “toe-curlingly gross”. One mum said, “It’s the same as these bras you get for young girls who just don’t need them.”
Despite the controversy, Spanish manufacturers Berjuan Toys have defended their innovation. Spokesman Dennis Lewis said, “We’ve had a lot of support from lots of breast-feeding organisations, lots of mothers, lots of educators.”
The doll, which went on sale in the US on Friday, is being pitched as an educational tool, with Berjuan’s website claiming, “The Breast Milk Baby represents a revolution in design by teaching children the nurturing skills they’ll need to raise their own healthy babies.”
Perfectly natural or totally wierd? Whether you love it or loathe it, the Breast Milk Baby is certainly a talkng point.
After we reported on the doll this morning, mums across the country have been telling us what they think on MFM’s Facebook page, and here are some of our favourite comments:
” I can’t see a problem with it. It’s just the same as dolls that come with a bottle and make noises. Young children breastfeed their toys anyway if that’s how their mum feeds their younger siblings.”
“Its not really necessary, many children in my family have played at copying mum and feed the baby by simply holding a dolly to themselves, no need for silly tops and expensive dolls.”
“Think its bloody vile and wrong on so many levels!!!!!!”
“we do want to teach them about breastfeeding and maybe show them that breasts are there as a source of nutrition as opposed to sexual objects.”