Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Does Breast Feeding Doll Go Too Far?

I don't usually blog about this topic, but this news report really got me fired up.  You can watch the video here.  The controversy is if it is inappropriate to give a little girl a  doll that breastfeeds.  To be honest I think this is the most ridiculous controversy ever.  First of all you don't have to label a doll as a breastfeeding doll for a child to mimic breastfeeding.  My daughter is 3 years old and while I was nursing her sister she went and got one of her dolls and started nursing the baby doll.  Why wouldn't she do this when this is the only way she sees me feeding her sister.  We don't use bottles so why would she want to feed her baby a bottle.  Children model and mimic what they see. I think it is fine for a little girl to pretend she is a mommy and feed her baby the way her mommy feeds her baby.  Unfortunately, our society has put a stigma around breastfeeding.  It is a natural, wonderful thing and is the most healthy way to feed a baby. Why shouldn't we be teaching our daughters the importance of breastfeeding at such a young age?   What are your thoughts?

1 comment:

  1. I agree. And yes, I think it's funny that they felt they had to label a certain doll as a "nursing" doll. What, did it come with a blanket that the baby has to eat under? LOL. Funny thing, my 3 year old son would even pretend to nurse a baby doll. It freaked my husband out but I assured him that it did not mean he thought he was a girl, he just wanted to play house and that was the only way he knew that babies were fed. BTW, found your blog from the Hip Homeschool Moms Ultimate Blogroll.