CREATED Nov. 9, 2012 - UPDATED: Nov. 9, 2012
NAPLES, Fla.- Too hot for toddlers? A baby doll is stirring up controversy. The toy allows kids to mimic the act of breastfeeding! Critics call it disgusting and creepy.
Dr. Dina Badra with North Naples Pediatric Center has been a pediatrician for nearly 30 years. She has spent nearly half of career in Naples. Sher recommends breastfeeding to new moms, but says a breastfeeding doll for kids is a bad idea.
"I worry that introducing alittle girl to such a mature, intimate act prematurely and artificially might be harmful in the long run," said Dr. Badra.
Breast Milk Baby allows young girls to get their doll to latch on and then imitate a breastfeeding mother. The doll even makes a sucking sound.
"I was surprised. I believe children need to be children and no need to mature so fast," said Dr. Badra.
Critics call the doll creepy or inappropriate. Opponents have hit Facebook and created a page showing their disapproval of the child's toy, but on the flip side there is plenty of support. More than 10,000 people 'like' the company's Facebook page. Some parents wrote, "Love this idea. I have to get my daughter one of these."
Berjuan Toys, the international company which makes the dolls, says this teachers girls to be wonderful mommies.
"There's nothing at all offensive or shocking about breastfeeding or about a little girl pretending
to breast feed. It's just the normal, healthy way to feed a baby," said Dennis Lewis, U.S. Representative for Berjuan Toys.
The toy did great in Europe, but the company says they're hitting roadblocks in the United States trying to get the doll on store shelves.
"Alot of companies have told us, hey we love the dolls, they're beautiful, they're well made, but we just don't want to get into the controversy," said Lewis.