Debate: Breast-Feeding Baby Doll

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Debate: Breast-Feeding Baby Doll
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Fri, 03-25-2011 - 7:55pm

The doll is back in the news! Fox in Phoenix did a news report and called in a socialigist to comment - what do you think of what she had to say?

Watch the video:

Uproar over Breast-Feeding Baby Doll: MyFoxPHOENIX.com

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Fri, 03-25-2011 - 9:47pm
I can't see the video, but my general feeling about the doll is, there's nothing *wrong* with it, but it is not necessary. Rather than pay $80 for a special bf doll, why not let your kid bf the dolls she already has?

 


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Fri, 03-25-2011 - 10:19pm

In the video, the socialogist says:

"I'm worried that maybe we are trying to socialize our children too early. A bottle... a boy can use and a girl can use. Later on in development, fathers use bottles to feed and so do mothers. So these are ways in which both genders can really appreciate the product. Whereas here it is much more focused on, much more catered to women. And it might serve as a confusing mechanism for boys."

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Registered: 11-29-2005
Sat, 03-26-2011 - 8:23am
Well that's just silly. I see this toy as marketed to girls, and there's nohing wrong with that, lots of toys are aimed at one gender.

But if a boy wanted to "nurse" a doll or animal, what's wrong with that? I doubt it will cause too much confusion or trauma when the grow up and discover they have th wrong biology. There are lots of things kids pretend to do when there little, which they may not have the build or aptitude (or even later interest) to pursue. So is it wrong or bad for someone to play astronaut on the moon when they're 4, if theyvgrow up and can't become an astronaut in real life?

Nursing is nuturing, and even fathers can, and do, nurture. So in that sense, every child cn befit from th experience.

 


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Sat, 03-26-2011 - 8:52pm
witch_power wrote:

In the video, the socialogist says:

"I'm worried that maybe we are trying to socialize our children too early. A bottle... a boy can use and a girl can use. Later on in development, fathers use bottles to feed and so do mothers. So these are ways in which both genders can really appreciate the product. Whereas here it is much more focused on, much more catered to women. And it might serve as a confusing mechanism for boys."

My son already nurses his dolls. He also likes to sometimes wear princess dresses. I don't see a problem with either of these. He more than likely won't ever breastfeed

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Sun, 03-27-2011 - 9:36am

Seriously?

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Sun, 03-27-2011 - 9:50am

notice how the commentators cannot talk about bf without laughing.

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Sun, 03-27-2011 - 9:54am
oh, and the comment about his daughter's nipples ("I don't think my daughter needs to learn about her nipples at this age", or something like that) Actually, this is exactly the age children should learn about there bodies, not that this doll ever mentions nipples. But I'm pretty sure he was trying to make an allusion to sexuality, in connection with nipples being used for bf.
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Sun, 03-27-2011 - 3:39pm

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Mon, 03-28-2011 - 9:03am

As someone with a degree in sociology, I understand the desire for gender equality, but realize that biologically, there are differences in sex. I don't see anything wrong with a little girl breastfeeding her babydoll, or playing with trucks, or whatever. What I do have a problem with is a professional that claims a doll who "feeds" the biologically normal way is socializing our children too early. How?

Sure, mommies and daddies can both give bottles but only mommies (without inducing lactation) can nurse. Shouldn't we be teaching them that it's normal and they don't need to hide away, instead of teaching that bottles should be used? Isn't the backlash against a doll that suckles at the breast just another way of showing that society doesn't really support breastfeeding mothers?

My younger brother was only BFed for 9 weeks, but it was still long enough that I understood that was how you feed babies. I don't remember bottle-feeding any dolls, but I do remember nursing my Cabbage Patch babies. I don't have any issue with teaching girls that it's NORMAL for them to be the one that feeds baby. Men can help out in other ways. Just because we want there to be gender equality doesn't mean that we can't encourage a division of labor that's a result of BIOLOGY.

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Mon, 03-28-2011 - 9:35am
I like the idea of a doll that doesnt have a bottle with it and anything that promotes breast feeding is a good thing.

That said, 100 bucks is rather steep and I would never pay for it.

My guess is that most children who witness their mothers breast feeding will nurse their baby dolls without this special doll and that children who witness bottle or formula feeding will feed their babies with bottles. Further, its also my guess that it would be breast feeders or advocates of breast feeding that would even purchase this doll to start with since bottle feeding is seen as the "norm" in our society versus the biological norm of breast feeding.

As for the "uproar", as a parent I would be more concerned about a doll that "waxes" (there is a line of monster teen dolls and one of them is a werewolf) then about a nursing doll being detrimental to our little girls...and dont even get me started on the Bratz line. As with anything if you dont like it, dont buy it. Finally, I think that many parents dont even buy or allow their little boys to have dolls so there is already an inequality with how we socialize our boys into nurturing roles and this breast feeding doll certainly doesnt create or even enlarge that gap between boys and girls...we already do it and its already there

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