The £60 doll that lets girls as young as TWO 'breastfeed' sparks outrage amongst mums as it goes on sale for Christmas
- Doll makes suckling sounds when put to the 'flower nipples' and needs to be winded afterwards
- Toy is called 'weird', 'creepy' and 'toe-curlingly gross'
By RIK SHARMA
PUBLISHED: 09:13, 10 November 2012 | UPDATED: 11:45, 10 November 2012
A doll designed for little girls as young as two to 'breastfeed' is going on sale for Christmas and has been labelled 'weird' and 'creepy' by mums.
Children will wear a bib which features 'flower nipples' and the 'baby' will make suckling sounds when the girl puts it to her chest.
Known as the Breast Milk Baby, the £60 toys will demand to be winded after feeding - and if the child does not do it they will start crying.
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Breast milk baby: A girl demonstrating how to use the toy which 'suckles' from flower nipples and then demands to be winded
Creepy: The doll suckles on flower nipples attached to a vest worn by the child
Angry parents have hit out at the doll created by Spanish makers Berjuan Toys with one reason being the sexualisation of children.
The Mirror reported that one mum labelled it 'toe-curlingly gross' on Mumsnet, while another branded the toy 'disgusting'.
'I think a BF doll is just weird and gross,' said one mother. 'It is the same as these bras you get for young girls who just don’t need them.
'Just let kids be kids – there’s plenty of time for them to learn about BF/birds and bees etc.'
Variations: The toys are available in different varieties, including ones designed for children from the Far East (Lilyang and Tony) as well as African-American kids (Jessica and Jeremiah)
As well as debating about whether the toy was appropriate for children many even wondered whether it was worth buying at all.
One said it was 'pointless and silly' while many others balked at the cost of the toy.
Regardless of this the toy is expected to be a hit - it went on sale in the US yesterday and comes in six different variations with different backgrounds - two are African-American and two are from the Far East.
Savannah, Cameron, Lilyang, Tony, Jessica and Jeremiah each have different personalities according to the descriptions on the The Breast Milk Baby website.
Fox News presenter Bill O'Reilly told viewers: 'I just want the kids to be kids. This kind of stuff – we don’t need this.'
Boxed and ready to go: The toy which has been called 'toe-curlingly gross' is expected to be a hit
But a spokesman for Berjuan Toys, Dennis Lewis, defended the products. He said: 'We’ve had a lot of support from lots of breast-feeding organisations, lots of mothers, lots of educators.
'There also has been a lot of blowback from people who maybe haven’t really thought why the doll is there and what its purpose is.
'Usually they are people that either have problems with breast-feeding in general, or they see it as something sexual.'
The website for the dolls says: 'The Breast Milk Baby lets young girls express their love and affection in the most natural way possible, just like mommy!
'The Breast Milk Baby represents a revolution in design by teaching children the nurturing skills they’ll need to raise their own healthy babies.
'Just put on the fashionable top included with each Breast Milk Baby, bring the baby’s mouth up to the pretty flower, and enjoy the closeness, the loving bond between mother and child.'
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