The 'Breast Milk Baby,' a new breastfeeding doll, has been called progressive, creepy and even sexual. The doll makes sucking sounds caused by sensors sewn into a halter top.
When a child wears the hatler top, which is near her nipples, the $89 Breast Milk Baby goes into action, making the suckling noises, reports Seattlepi.com.
But not everyone is happy with this breakthrough toy. Bill O'Reilly said on his Fox News show: "I just want the kids to be kids. And this kind of stuff. We don't need this."
Dennis Lewis, of Berjuan Toys, which is the maker of the doll, told Seattlepi.com: "We've had a lot of support from lots of breastfeeding organizations, lots of mothers, lots of educators."
"There also has been a lot of blowback from people who maybe haven't thought to think about really why the doll is there and what its purpose is. Usually they are people that either have problems with breastfeeding in general, or they see it as something sexual."
Lewis blames low U.S. sales, about 5,000 dolls sold in the last year, on an American phobia against breastfeeding: "There's no doubt about that. The whole idea is that there's still some taboos here."
"You mention breast and people automatically start thinking Janet Jackson or wardrobe malfunctions and all sorts of things that have absolutely nothing to do with breastfeeding."