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A friend sent me this link, and I thought it was interesting. I just wanted to share...I didn't breastfeed, but for those of you who either did or will, would you feel comfortable giving this to your daughter so she could join you?
I remember when they mentioned this doll on the Today's Show several months ago. I think Kathie Lee said it was disgusting. I don't really see anything wrong with it, but the little bra top the kid has to wear to make the doll's sucking action work is a little funny. I know that a doll like this would never be made here in the US, and I seriously doubt I'll get one for Lily or this second little girl. They can just pretend to breastfeed their regular dolls.
I BF'd Evie and I will BF'd this one. I have no plans to get her this doll. She can feed her babies with a bottle. If she decides to pretend to BF her dolls I don't care but I feel no need to get her a special doll.
I breastfed Kinley and will be breastfeeding this baby as well.....Kinley only feeds her babies with a bottle right now because she doesn't remember me breastfeeding her (I breastfed her for a year). I don't knwo what she'll do once this baby gets here...but I will be pumping some bottles so she can feed her brother/sister too.
DH's aunt said when she had her son, her older daughter (who was around 2) would breastfeed her baby doll and that it was so cute--but now she gets embarassed when it is mentioned lol. Kids just do what they see their parents doing...so I won't care if Kin breastfeeds her baby-it will be cute...but I won't be getting her a special doll
I bf my DD for 3 1/2yrs yet anytime she played with a doll she gave it a bottle even though she never had one... I always thought that was interesting and I was amazed how she had picked up bottle feeding just from seeing others do it/tv/and the doll accessories themselves. I think I remember her telling ME to nurse her dolls a few times... she no longer remembers nursing (she's 5 1/2) but she still feeds her dolls with a bottle, she knows I plan to bottle feed this baby and she tells me all the time how I should nurse LOL (apparently do as I say not as I pretend to do)
That said, I wouldn't go buy a specific doll for my girls to pretend to bf, if they want to pretend to bf they can just toss their baby dolls to their chest and pretend away!
wife to Craig 5/28/2002 mom to Aliya 3/31/2004 and Liliana 4/6/2010
I agree with everyone else - they can just pretend with the dolls they already have! I mean I only have boys but my 4yo remembers me breastfeeding my youngest and he still talks and asks about it. I don't think a specific breastfeeding doll is needed to promote breastfeeding..
I wouldn't buy it. I nursed Lily for 12.5 months until she chose to stop nursing (i think the taste changed after I got pregnant and I know my supply dropped). However she does hold her baby dolls to her chest and pretend to nurse to feed them. She has a few bottles lying around that people gave us, but she never drank from a bottle. She'll pick them up and put the nipple into her doll's belly button...I guess she thinks that a bottle goes there or something!
I love the idea of this doll. We actually don't buy any dolls that come with baby bottles since nursing is such a huge thing in our household. I have no issue with my daughter pretending to nurse her babies (she says she wants to nurse the new baby too!), my son pretends to nurse as well.... This doll is just another way to show children that nursing is natural and normal.
~Beth~ Wife to my Airman Chris, and mommy to: Anthony Nathaniel (8/31/04), Anastasia Fae (8/01/06), Baby C (lost on 10/12/07), David Cillian (7/31/08), Charles George (4/29/10), and Alan Christopher (2/22/12)
I vaguely remember my mom nursing my brother and sister as well as 'nursing' my dolls. This doll is a little weird with the 'bra' to make the baby 'suck' but not too far out there. I will be nursing this baby and if Kaija pretends to nurse her babies, then that's awesome! But I won't get a special doll for it.
While I see absolutely nothing wrong with it, I think that like everyone else, I'll just let my girls "pretend" with the dolls they already have. I see no need to buy a doll that actually latches on. BUT...I woudn't go so far as to call it discusting like Kathie Lee did. I mean, we market dolls that actually suck bottles, so if thats okay whats wrong with a doll who actually breastfeeds? Personally, I don't see the need to purchase a doll that actually does either. Pretending is just fine!
When I started nursing Kambree, my son Brice who was three started trying to breastfeed his stuffed animals and his sisters' dolls! He even did it at preschool! He would lift his shirt and the whole bit. I thought it was rather humerous but hubby was not so impressed! LOL!