Breastfeeding Baby Doll: Educational or Inappropriate?

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BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER ANCHOR ALISON ARCHER You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy It...
BY CHRISTINE SLUSSER ANCHOR ALISON ARCHER You're watching multisource U.S. news analysis from Newsy It’s a decision every new mother must make- breast or bottle? Now- six-year-olds are faced with the same choice. Thanks to the world’s first breastfeeding babydoll! The doll teaches little girls how to breastfeed--and even requires periodic burps. First released in Spain a couple years ago, VH1’s Best Week Ever has a go... (Video Source: Breast Milk Baby) Opens with doll sucking: “That is really (expletive) weird. I’m sorry.” “Spain sees teen pregnancy and they say, ‘No, no, not young enough.” “We’ll get the blowup doll and teach our son the other stuff...” ABC’s Good Morning America covered all its bases with this story--first speaking with its kid panel of breast milk baby testers: “So what’s your favorite part of the dolly?” “Breastfeeding.” “Breastfeeding?” “Yeah.” Then to the breast milk baby spokesman: DENNIS LEWIS: “There have been people who’ve called us pedophiles, they’ve called us perverts, they’ve said we’re endangering endangering the innocence of little girls...” ...and finally to an enraged viewer: “Would you create a toy that simulated...labor pains that teaches a six year old how to handle the birthing process??”” A writer on the forum Debate and Relate argues- some experiences should be saved for adulthood. “Why would a little girl need to learn how to breast-feed before she has breasts? Before she goes through puberty? This is another disgusting example of forcing adulthood on our children decades before they're ready to absorb it.” But anchors for Phoenix’s KNXV’s say- the baby doll isn’t necessarily inappropriate- it’s just kind of weird. “I don’t think it’s horrible by any stretch of the imagination, but it does make me a little uncomfortable. I just think it’s a bit...odd?” “It is, it’s uncomfortable, because I think in our society, breastfeeding is somewhat of an uncomfortable topic maybe.” Finally, a writer for Blog Her says--she’d let her daughter play with the doll. “I am certainly not opposed to her imitating breastfeeding, if she is moved to do so, but you won't find me spending upward of $100 on doll designed specifically for that purpose.” So...perfectly natural? Or not age appropriate? Weigh in in our comments section. 'Like' Newsy on Facebook for updates in your news feed Get more multisource video news analysis from Newsy Transcript by Newsy