In case you haven’t heard, the latest baby doll rage for the holiday season is The Breast Milk Baby by Berjuan Toys.
The Breast Milk Baby is an actual doll that simulates breastfeeding by suckling on plastic rose petals attached to a cute little top worn by the child.
It’s hard to take the concept seriously after watching Andy Samberg of Saturday Night Live fame demonstrating how the doll works on The Today Show (as witnessed while watching my daily fix of Kathie Lee and Hoda before my talk show time was seriously cut-back after I went back to work).
However, I do think the concept is pretty clever for spreading the good word about the healthful benefits of breastfeeding and breaking down barriers to the social stigma of breastfeeding in public.
God knows, half the country witnessed me whipping out the ol’ milk bags on plane rides, in restaurants, museums and just about anyplace that has no privacy for nursing mothers – which is just about everywhere.
At some point – sooner (your baby won’t cooperate) or later (when the child can pull out your breast themselves and say, “I’m thirsty”)- all this bonding, good nutrition and mega cash savings from not having to buy formula - must come to an end.
Hence the need to invent The Weaning Baby to better prepare gals for the physical and emotional effects of weaning their little breast feeder.
When you wean, no one bothers to tell you your bajumbas will turn into rocks and your baby is left with no clue about how to sooth themselves!
No more surprises with The Weaning Baby. The Weaning Baby comes with an extremely stretched out bra filled with bricks, pain pills and an assortment of “lovies” to sooth the crying baby. And, it comes with a free set of ear plugs to muffle the loud screaming, which forced you breastfeed for so long in the first place.
WARNING: You may want to return The Breast Milk Baby after playing with The Weaning Baby.
It’s only natural.
Just try to remember that the benefits of breastfeeding far outweigh the bricks!
© 2012, Terri Spilman