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Breastfeeding Doll: Will This Be On Your Daughter's Christmas List?

KHQ.COM - Most little girls love playing house and pretending to be a mommy to their baby dolls. Today, shopping for the perfect doll can be overwhelming as their are dolls that crawl, talk, cry, snore, eat and even need a diaper change but a new doll on the shelves is causing a little controversy.
 
The "Breast Milk Baby" is a doll that mimics a breastfeeding baby. It comes with a specially made halter top for little girls to wear. When the doll is held up to the halter, or the child's breast area, it makes little suckling noises and moves its mouth.  
 
Breastfeeding advocates and child experts are totally behind the idea and think it's a great way to show children how babies are naturally meant to be fed. Those who have seen the doll say it's actually not as alarming in action as one might think. With so much positive support, the doll was expected to be somewhat popular. However, only 5,000 of the dolls have sold since it was introduced about a year ago and the biggest deterrent from purchasing the doll is not the fact that it breastfeeds.
 
The Breast Milk Baby retails for a whopping $89 which for many is a steep price to pay for a doll that does something many parents feel their kids could pretend on their own with a little imagination.
 
Pro-breastfeeding and natural-minded parents may support the idea of the breastfeeding doll and even those who are willing to spend a little more money on educational toys for their kids are often not in support of purchasing toys that take all the imagination out of play. There are simply cheaper ways, parents say, to teach their children about breastfeeding that still require kids to be kids and do what they do best: pretend. 
 
What do you think about The Breast Milk Baby?
 
This story was filed and written by KHQ's Nichole Mischke. Email her at Nichole.Mischke@khq.com
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