Or why we don’t need a “breastfeeding doll” in my house.
I actually like The Breast Milk Baby. I’m happy to see a doll out there that doesn’t come with a plastic bottle. I like that it is bringing attention to breastfeeding. I like that it is just one more thing that will hopefully make breast feeding “normal” again. But the truth is we just don’t need one in our house, my toddler already play feeds from the breast just fine without one. The fact the breast feeding doesn’t require accessories is one of the many reasons I love it. Baby and breasts are all that is required. And for kids to play at breastfeeding doesn’t always require a baby!
Sometimes all that is needed is a car! That’s right a car. My 2 year old son is very into cars, trucks and trains. He has a few dolls, but doesn’t really like them. So when his little sister was born and I began to breast feed I wasn’t sure what he’d do. Well, he started breast feeding his cars. All manner of wheeled vehicles are brought to his chest and I’m told “they are getting there milk” when I inquire about it. Breast feeding has become such a normal part of our day even the cars need to be topped off with the good stuff!
While the mainstream media may be freaking out about a doll that breast feeds, most of us knows that any doll, action figure or toy can be breast fed – without the help of a flower petal halter-top and a $89.00 price tag!