Breast-feeding baby doll gets mixed reactions

By Courtney Lane - bio | email

It feeds and suckles and is marketed to young girls, showing them how to breast-feed. A Spanish toy maker has come out with a doll called Bebe Gloton. Translated, that means "Baby Glutton" and it's headed for store shelves here in the U.S.

As KLTV 7's Courtney Lane shows us, some say it's natural but worry about the message this could send to girls.

Lots of baby dolls cry but the only way this one stops is when she's breast-fed. Little girls put on a halter top with flowers that have a sensor in them. Then, suckling sounds as she feeds.

"That's weird, that's not right," said Katie Arrington.

"If I had a little girl she wouldn't be getting that doll," said C.C. Foster.

Most moms we showed it to, say...

"It definitely crosses the line; it's not natural," said Arrington.

"Extremely inappropriate for our children these days, that's crazy," said Foster.

But lactation consultant Missy Ewers says girls already imitate their mothers.

"I don't think it has to do as much with sexual orientation that people are saying, as it's just playing with a doll and feeding the baby."

Critics worry it will only encourage girls to grow up quicker than they should.

"Seems as if they are trying to get her ready to have a baby, said Foster. "What's next they going to have one having labor? Are they going to teach that too?"

Foster agrees breast-feeding is healthy but says it's not anything people want to see in public.

"Being a mother, we cover that up and everything but that's like right out in the open."

But Ewers hopes it'll be more accepted in society, as studies show it is the healthiest way to feed infants.

"We're trying to hide it all the time because of the sexual orientation of the breast. And I think if we get away from that then people won't be as offended at seeing a child play with a doll the same way."

Bebe Gloton is not yet available in the U.S., but it is headed here. The doll could be on American shelves as early as next month.

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