A new doll from a toy company based in Spain purports to teach young girls how to breast feed. The Breast Milk Baby, from Berjuan Toys is available online. The company's video demonstration on its website and on YouTube shows how it works: The little girl holds the doll up to her chest and the doll even makes a suckling noise.
"The Breast Milk Baby lets young girls express their love and affection in the most natural way possible, just like mommy," according to the company's press release. "The Breast Milk Baby represents a revolution in design by teaching children the nurturing skills they'll need to raise their own healthy babies. Just put on the fashionable top included with each Breast Milk Baby, bring the baby's mouth up to the pretty flower, and enjoy the closeness, the loving bond between mother and child."
The baby comes with a cloth halter with two big flowers on it to illustrate where the nipples would be and where little girls should hold the doll.
"I'm worried we're trying to socialize our children too early," said Dr. Nava Silton, a child psychologist. She added that preschool children don't need an explicit doll to model nursing. Plus, she said, parents try to teach little girls and boys of that age how act when they grow up, and little boys don't become men who breast feed.
Dr. Silton also said that promoting nursing and the bond between a mother and child, is positive but that you don't need a doll to do it.