Well, not actually, of course. The doll comes with a pink-and-green halter that kids can strap to their chests. The halter has flowers in the place of nipples and when the child presses the doll’s mouth against the fake nipple, the doll makes a sucking sound. It's this pretend breastfeeding that has many parents crying foul.
One commenter on South Florida's Moms & Dads page had the following to say:
"The big deal is that children don't need to be introduced to the concept of breastfeeding and the how-to methods. What is this method saying to little girls? Strive for motherhoood and start planning now? What happened to our little girls enjoying their child hoods, playing hopscotch and jumprope?"
So would I have bought the bebé Glotón for my own daughter? Probably not, simply because my daughter did just fine pretending to breastfeed using nothing more than a baby doll and her imagination. She didn't need a halter top with pink and green flowers on it to show her how it's done. But I do think the doll is a step in the right direction in a society that claims to promote breastfeeding as the optimal choice for babies but then turns its nose up at mothers who actually try to breastfeed their babies outside of a locked closet. Actually, the only real problem I have with the bebé Glotón is its name, which in Spanish means gluttonous baby. Certainly wouldn't have been my first choice for a doll name!
What do you think? Thumbs up or down for the bebé Glotón?
The opinions expressed by MNN Bloggers and those providing comments are theirs alone, and do not reflect the opinions of MNN.com. While we have reviewed their content to make sure it complies with our Terms and Conditions, MNN is not responsible for the accuracy of any of their information.