Tuesday, August 04, 2009

The Breastfeeding Doll

The breastfeeding doll comes with "a halter top that has daisies attached to it, to take the place of nipples." The doll makes a sucking sound when it is held to the nipples. Is the U.S. ready for a breastfeeding doll? Is a culture that is so deeply patriarchal that it has trouble seeing the breast as anything other than a sex object ready for a breastfeeding doll?

Would little girls be allowed to pretend-breastfeed in public? Would they be given dirty looks? Would they be asked to do it in the ladies room, as are actual breastfeeding moms?

Breast milk is the most complete form of nutrition for infants, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization. Breastfed babies are healthier and better able to fight off infection and disease.

Yet in this too, the U.S. lags behind other developed nations.