In case you haven’t heard, Spanish toymaker Berjuan has designed a breastfeeding doll known as Bebe Gloton (which roughly translates into “Gluttonous Baby).
Here’s how it works: The child playing with the doll puts on a halter top (with flowers placed over the nipple area) and when the child holds the doll’s mouth near the flower the doll makes a sucking sound.
The purpose of Bebe Gloton is to promote breastfeeding and teach children early on that breastfeeding is natural, but as you can imagine, plenty of folks are flipping out over this new toy.
(Did that congressman’s comment piss off anyone else, or is it just me?)
Honestly, I’m not sure how I feel about Bebe Gloton.
I do think that if you’re okay with giving your child a doll that cries, drinks from a bottle and actually makes a mess in its diaper, it’s hypocritical to say this doll goes to far because breastfeeding is just as natural as all of those other things.
I know that most people find the doll creepy because it acknowledges (gasp!) breasts. But that’s only a big deal because we’ve made it one.
I, however, have a problem with most baby dolls, because they can be used to (though usually unintentionally) foster stereotypes that child rearing is a female job and that motherhood should be a girl’s primary life goal. No, I’m not saying if you buy your daughter a doll you’re sexist, (yes, I had plenty when I was a little one) nor am I saying it’s wrong if a woman does make motherhood her focus.
But I do have a problem with doll culture in general and even though I’m a great supporter of breastfeeding, Bebe Gloton can’t change that.
What do you think of a breastfeeding baby doll?