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Old 08-06-2009, 01:37 PM   #1
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Doll Lets Little Girls Pretend To Breast Feed




Controversial Doll Lets Little Girls Pretend to Breast Feed

Wednesday, August 05, 2009
By Jessica Doyle FOXNews.com

A controversial new doll is leaving some parents wishing for the good old Cabbage Patch days.

A Spanish toymaker known as Berjuan has developed a breast-feeding doll that comes with a special halter top its young "mothers" wear as they pretend to breast-feed their "babies." The halter top has daisies that cover the little girls’ nipples and come undone just as easily as the flaps of a nursing bra would.

The doll — called Bebe Gloton, which translates as “gluttonous baby” — makes sucking noises as it "feeds."

Like many other dolls, Bebe Gloton can cry, signaling she wants more milk.

Although many health care providers promote the benefits of breast-feeding, parents around the world have criticized Berjuan, saying the idea of breast-feeding is too grown-up for young children -- and may even promote early pregnancy.

"That's not cool," Lori Reynolds, of El Paso, Texas, told KFOXTV.com. "No, I would never get that for my child."

But other moms said they support the product.

"I think that it’s great that people want to have a doll that promotes breast-feeding,” said Rose Haluschak, also of El Paso. “Most dolls that are purchased come with a bottle. That is the norm in society, an artificial way to feed your baby.”

Dr. Manny Alvarez, managing health editor of FOXNews.com, said although he supports the idea of breast-feeding, he sees how his own daughter plays with dolls and wonders if Bebe Gloton might speed up maternal urges in the little girls who play it.

“Pregnancy has to entail maturity and understanding,” Alvarez said. “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.”

Alvarez said breast-feeding reduces childhood infections, strengthens maternal bonding and increases the child’s immune system. But introducing breast-feeding to girls young enough to play with dolls seems inappropriate, he said.

“What’s next?” wrote Eric Ruhalter, a parenting columnist for New Jersey’s Star Ledger. “Bebe Sot — the doll who has a problem with a different kind of bottle, and loses his family, job and feelings of self-worth? Bebe Limp — the male doll who experiences erectile dysfunction? Bebe Cell Mate — a weak, unimposing doll that experiences all the indignation and humiliation of life in prison?

"Toy themes should be age appropriate. I think so anyway.”
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While I don't think it would "speed up maternal urges" in young girls, I just think its weird. Why promote breast-feeding to little kids? There are other ways of doing that, rather than targeting those who are too young to breast feed.
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Kids, boys and girls, should know in an age appropriate way that breastfeeding is a natural and normal human function, and that it's also beautiful. I just don't know if this doll is the best way in which to teach that-it is odd. Just when you think they've thought of everything...
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“What’s next?” wrote Eric Ruhalter, a parenting columnist for New Jersey’s Star Ledger. “Bebe Sot — the doll who has a problem with a different kind of bottle, and loses his family, job and feelings of self-worth? Bebe Limp — the male doll who experiences erectile dysfunction? Bebe Cell Mate — a weak, unimposing doll that experiences all the indignation and humiliation of life in prison?
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"Toy themes should be age appropriate. I think so anyway.”
Yet pretending they're a mother with other dolls is age appropriate?
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"I think that it’s great that people want to have a doll that promotes breast-feeding,” said Rose Haluschak, also of El Paso.
Discreetly breastfeeding in public is fine--for actual lactating adult women with actual nursing babies in tow. Encouraging young girls to play with their nipples in public (yes, I realize there's a shirt involved) is something else.
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“Most dolls that are purchased come with a bottle. That is the norm in society, an artificial way to feed your baby.”
That's the way I fed mine, and we're fine.



I'd be surprised if little girls even wanted this doll.
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I'd be surprised if little girls even wanted this doll.
That's what I was thinking. I can't imagine that I would have wanted a doll like that when I was a little girl.
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and that it's also beautiful.
Thats debatable. I've heard some of those slurping noises that babies can make but ya, the doll is kinda strange. little girls are strapping on fake nipples. no matter how you slice it, thats weird
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That's the way I fed mine, and we're fine.



Being adopted I had no choice, I was raised on a bottle...

But I've been longing for the real thing all my life, did I turn out fine


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The doll — called Bebe Gloton, which translates as “gluttonous baby” — makes sucking noises as it "feeds."
that's great a gluttonous baby


and in a few years they can graduate 'childhood obesity toddler" doll.
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That's the way I fed mine, and we're fine.



I'd be surprised if little girls even wanted this doll.
Same here, my child was bottle fed. Not all mothers produce enough milk, especially with a first child.
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I've seen little girls "breastfeed" their dolls, and these are probably kids who have been exposed to breastfeeding. I see no problem promoting breastfeeding to young children as being healthy and natural, because sadly breastfeeding is still viewed by many as strange and unnatural.

However, I find the image of a child "breastfeeding" in public to be disturbing, way too many pedophiles around for a child to bring attention to her chest.
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simulated breast feeding doll is insane, there is a complete difference between that and pretend to feed a doll with a bottle. Next thing you know we will have a doll that goes num 2. There a major difference between "life like" and "pretend".
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simulated breast feeding doll is insane, there is a complete difference between that and pretend to feed a doll with a bottle. Next thing you know we will have a doll that goes num 2. There a major difference between "life like" and "pretend".
There is such a doll, it's called Baby Alive.
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