Thanks to innovation in doll making, we have dolls that can cry, crawl, coo and even breastfeed. A new doll on the U.S. market called “Breast Milk Baby” makes suckling sounds that are prompted by sensors sewn into a halter top at the nipples of the little girl owners.
Created by Berjuan Toys, a doll maker in Spain, the breastfeeding dolls have not been well-received in the market. A representative for the company, Dennis Lewis, says they have failed to get the doll in stores for more than a year after the line became available in the U.S.
Retailers are hesitant to carry the dolls due to overwhelming backlash from the general public, who find the dolls ‘creepy’ and ‘too sexual.’ Political pundit Bill O’Reilly was quite vocal about the doll on his Fox News show: “I just want the kids to be kids,” he said. “And this kind of stuff, we don’t need this.”
Lewis says “breastfeeding organizations, lots of mothers, lots of educators,” have been supportive though most “people haven’t thought […] about really why the doll is there and what its purpose is. Usually they are people that either have problems with breastfeeding in general, or they see it as something sexual.”
The doll retails at $89 and comes in 8 skin tones.