Thoughts on: “New Doll Coming To The U.S. Teaches Girls How To Breast Feed | CBS New York”

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Thoughts on: “New Doll Coming To The U.S. Teaches Girls How To Breast Feed | CBS New York”.

…. I don’t think I am alone in expressing concern that this even exists, let alone on the way to U.S. shelves?

One quote from the article raised an eyebrow, though: “Scott from Manhattan says he wouldn’t buy the doll, but gives credit to the company for coming up with the idea. “Make a product, if it sells, it sells,” he said.”

I’m as big a proponent of Capitalism as the next person, (well, moreso, probably…), but this doesn’t constitute good psychological health for the person who invented it, the manufacturers who made it, or the parents who buy this for their children.  Some things happen naturally in a girl’s life; 9 year olds learning to breast-feed their baby dolls is not one of them, though.

It’s hard enough to be a little girl growing up in this world without crazed entrepreneurs trying to cash in on it.  This story still just strikes me as bizzare.  Though, it’s also interesting in light of the increased rate of abortions worldwide, particularly in Spain where this doll was manufactured.  In Spain, the abortion rate has risen consistently every year since 1987, with the exception of a .4% decrease in 2003 (when Europe suffered from a massive heat-wave that killed over 40,000 Europeans.).  The 2008 statistics, last year I’ve found available, are hovering at 18.2%, meaning 18 out of 100 pregnancies are aborted.  Currently the U.S. rate is 40% for unintended pregnancies and 22% overall, excluding miscarriages.  This means that 40 of 100 unintended pregnancies are aborted…. and 22 of every 100 pregnancies overall are aborted.  Perhaps Spain looks to the United States to see its future and are taking steps to avoid it.  Are they trying to make pregnancy and birth a more desirable outcome? If that is in fact the case (which itself causes pause to consider), I can admire the intent, but I still think this doll indicates they are going about it all the wrong ways.

† Prayer for the unborn † (taken from 2heartsnetwork.org)

O Mary, bright dawn of the new world,
Mother of the living,
to you do we entrust the cause of life:
Look down, O Mother, upon the vast numbers
of babies to be born,
of the poor whose lives are made difficult,
of men and women who are victims of brutal violence,
of the elderly and the sick killed
by indifference or out of misguided mercy.
Grant that all who believe in your Son
may proclaim the Gospel of life
with honesty and love to the people of our time.
Obtain for them the grace
to accept that Gospel as a gift ever new,
the joy of celebrating it with gratitude
throughout their lives
and the courage to bear witness to it resolutely,
in order to build,
together with all people of good will,
the civilization of truth and love,
to the praise and glory of God,
the Creator and lover of life.

~~ Pope John Paul II
Encyclical Letter “The Gospel of Life”
Given in Rome, on March 25,
the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord,
in the year 1995.

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2 thoughts on “Thoughts on: “New Doll Coming To The U.S. Teaches Girls How To Breast Feed | CBS New York”

    Melissa Zelie said:
    July 20, 2011 at 07:25

    Hey Lacy, just some thoughts in response. Yeah, it’s kind of awful that companies have to MAKE specific dolls for things like this, but I can see some good outcomes. The biggest one might be helping girls realize that breasts aren’t just sex symbols; breastfeeding might help connect the idea of sex to the idea of loving, nurturing motherhood (ideas that contraception and abortion have divided radically). It might even help girls get over their obsession with having a certain bust size. Also, you said that 9-year-olds learning to breastfeed their baby dolls isn’t natural. It might be for kids who haven’t grown up with seeing Mommy feeding their baby siblings, but I know for me I “fed” my dolls that way when I played Mommy just because that’s how mommies fed their babies, to the best of my knowledge. Then again I learned it from reality, not from a specialized doll, lol.

    – Melissa

    Hannah C. said:
    July 20, 2011 at 11:12

    I think this particular doll is weird – mostly because of the halter top and the sucking sounds. I would never buy one for my daughter.

    But I see nothing wrong with little girls pretending to breastfeed their dolls. I think it’s actually a *good* thing. For me, growing up with a large family and a mom who breastfed, learning how to breastfeed my dolls was in fact normal and good. (I also pretended to be pregnant and give birth. ;)) Breasts are designed for breastfeeding. Breastfeeding should be the *normal, accepted* way to feed one’s child. The reality that we have, however, is people give lip service to the idea that one should breastfeed if possible, while at the same time getting very upset with women who dare to breastfeed in public places, especially if that woman happens to have a child who won’t tolerate a blanket over the head. So you’re danged if you do, danged if you don’t, and it sucks for moms.

    The problem is, breastfeeding is considered indecent or gross because breasts could possibly be seen. We’ve hypersexualized them, and it’s not a good thing. If breastfeeding can become *actually* normal instead of supposedly normal, it will be a much better thing for our culture, in my humble opinion.

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