Friday, August 7, 2009

Beware the Breastfeeding Doll

Are North Americans really this uptight? I came across this article and got a good chuckle -- then I realized these people were serious. It’s an article on a breastfeeding doll – a controversial breastfeeding doll (as anything to do with breastfeeding would be). Here is what some of the less-educated members of our society had to say about it:

“the idea of breast-feeding is too grown-up for young children -- and may even promote early pregnancy”;

This doll may “speed up maternal urges in the little girls who play it”;

It is “like introducing sex education in first grade instead of seventh or eighth grade.” And (my favorite), “it could inadvertently lead little girls to become traumatized. You never know the effects this could have until she’s older”.

Traumatized? I’ve had some ridiculous warnings throughout my two year parenting gig and I just have to wonder, where do people come up with these thoughts? We’re talking some serious imagination here; do these people realize they just blamed early pregnancy on a breastfeeding doll? ? ?? ??? How does that make any sense?? Please fill me in. Somebody?

For the record, I wouldn’t get my child Bebe Gloten because I’m cheap and she already nurses her dolls. While we're on the topic, here's some pictures. Enjoy! I hope they don't cause you trauma...