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Controversial Doll Lets Little Girls Pretend to Breast-Feed

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

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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."

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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7 comments so far | Post a comment now
greiner3 August 7, 2009, 8:31 AM

So? Why is faux news so interested in this? Parents have the right to let their children play with this, or not. What does that pedophile rupert murdock want little girls to do, grow up to be a teenager and marry an 80 year old fart like him? Get a life!

Grizzly Kitteh August 7, 2009, 8:42 AM

While I can understand people’s concerns about how this may encourage early parenthood, I find Mr. Ruhalter’s take on it to be inappropriate and insulting. He basically equates breastfeeding to alcoholism, erectile dysfunction and prison sodomy. When did breastfeeding become a socially inappropriate action that we should hide from our children?
It’s a boob Mr. Ruhalter, get over it.

Rachelle August 8, 2009, 1:32 AM

If they want to market them and a parent feels comfortable buying one for their child, great. But I do agree that some little girls could be inadvertently be traumatized by a doll like this. Not necessarily because it’s about breast feeding, persay, but because of the sexual conotations. I knew in 1st grade about sex; the basic biology of it, and having a doll like that, around MEN, would have freaked me out. I wouldn’t have played with it except around my female friends and family. I don’t (personally) think it’s age appropriate for young girls.

Anonymous August 13, 2009, 1:19 PM

OH Please we can have music lyrics about sex, degrading females, drugs,women in music videos pretty much naked. Men feeling up on them and this seems to be a problem. Please do your math before you have a fit my daughters would nurse their dolls and guess what they are not in jail nor are they drug addicts, prostitutes lets focus on trying to get sex out of the tv shows music and advertisement

Tribal Baby September 1, 2009, 9:30 PM

This is wonderful, appropriate modelling for motherhood.

Breastfeeding is about babies feeding, it is not a sexual thing.

mrsleep September 22, 2009, 10:55 AM

No matter how you feel about the doll, it is not up to you to make choices for other people. If people want to buy this doll, they should be able to.

amy October 18, 2009, 10:49 AM

As someone who was sexually abused as a child, I find this “toy” totally inappropriate for young girls. While I believe in breastfeeding babies, young girls do not have the maturity to deal with this concept. I know it would have caused me further emotional confusion as a child if I would have had that doll to play with.


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