We equally have zero issue with buying girls dollies that come with bottles. After all, that's how you feed a baby, right? Well, in my house when I'm not home, sure. But if Mama's here, her babies drink right from the tap. Are you shocked? Of course you're not! They're just boobs. They're made to feed babies and it's not a big deal.
Or maybe it is. Anyone else seen this?
Breastfeeding Doll Sparks Controversy in the U.S.The baby doll toy allows little girls to pretend that they are breastfeeding. Educational or Creepy?
The Spanish toy company Berjuan has developed the Bebé Glotón, a doll created to "breastfeed".
The way it works is for little girls to strap on an apron-like top that has flowers to represent what would be the the nipples.
Once the doll is close to the nipple (flower) it emits a suckling sound and cries until it burps.
Now, granted, I don't feel the need to go out and drop a whole boatload of money on some doll for my kiddos to breastfeed, but equally I don't find it creepy or inappropriate. Why does anything having to do with breasts freak people out so much? Is it that it's little girls?
So, we're comfortable with little girls pretending to have had babies and care for them:
And we're fine with dressing our daughters questionably at Halloween:
But we're not ok with little girls wanting to something as natural, sweet, and nurturing as breastfeeding their pretend baby?
I'll tell you something. All of my kids have pretended to breastfeed. My girls have done it with their dolls. Even my boys have done it, although they prefer to cuddle up with Tickle Me Elmo. But whatever, they've all pretended to breastfeed their "babies". And I've never once thought it was creepy. I kind of always thought it was sweet. This is how they saw their Mama caring for babies, so that's how they did it too.
I remember when I joined the Catholic Church. Yes, I did turn out to be a terrible Catholic, true. I've got the meat sauce lasagna in the oven right now on a Friday, in Lent! But during that process way back when, Bridget was born. Catechumens in the Church sit in the front. Right in front of the priest. So, I nursed my baby, right there in the front pew. I had an answer if anyone had ever said anything about it. I figured God didn't have a problem with breastfeeding, or he would have had the milk come from somewhere more "appropriate". And if God didn't take issue with the way He built me, I didn't think anyone else should either.
Oddly enough, even in a Catholic Church, people kind of understood that it was a baby, they were just boobs, and if I wasn't making a big spectacle of it, they wouldn't either.
But can we, as a people, and maybe as a society, just get the hell over it? They're just boobs! And if my daughters, or my sons want to pretend to breastfeed, I couldn't care less.
Have I mentioned that they're just boobs?