Is this breastfeeding doll, aimed at young girls, the stuff of a pedophile's fantasy? Or is it a harmless toy that teaches young girls the importance of nurturing and parenting--skills that she will need in the future?
The doll, which hits U.S. stores this spring, is called the Breast Milk Baby, and has already been sold in the European market for a couple of years:
A doll that imitates a breast-feeding infant teaches nurturing, the toy's maker says, but some parents are outraged.
Berjuan Toys' "Breast Milk Baby" comes with a special halter top, ABC News reports.
The top has two flowers where nipples would be. When the doll's mouth is brought to a sensor in the flower, it makes suckling motions and sounds.
Dennis Lewis, Berjuan's U.S. spokesman, said, "There have been people who have called us pedophiles, they've called us perverts, they've said we're endangering little girls.
"Breast-feeding was a normal part of life before a few greedy pharmaceutical companies tried to make it rich selling artificial milk," he said. "A girl who plays with a breast-feeding baby now will think this is the normal way to feed a baby."
The doll makes sucking noises and even cries. One young girl, in the report below, said her favorite part of the doll was "breastfeeding."
A company spokesperson said the doll teaches young girls the nurturing skills they will need in the future.
But one viewer, who took issue with doll, observed, "Now that underage sex and pregnancies are reaching shocking proportions, let's have a doll which encourages children to ... get pregnant!" Another asked: "would you create a toy that simulated...labor pains?"