Back in 2009, we reported on a bizarre breastfeeding baby doll, Bebe’ Gloton, which we believed added to the unwarranted taboo that surrounds nursing in the American culture — read our opinions here. Re-named ‘The Breastmilk Baby,’ this interactive toy, which makes sucking noises to mimic what a real infant sounds like when breastfeeding, is now available in the States. Promoted with taglines the “magic of motherhood,” (although we all know the art of breastfeeding is hardly a magical undertaking, but a learned skill for both mother and child) and “a lesson for life,” this doll enables pre-pubescent girls to strap on pasties to denote nipples (referred to as a “fashionable halter top”) and pretend to nurse a baby, “just like mommy.”

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Apparently, many American mothers have been long-awaiting The Breastmilk Baby’s stateside debut. Manufacturer Berjuan Toys U.S. representative Dennis Lewis offers, “The Breast Milk Baby has sold millions throughout Europe. It is a wonderful, high quality product that mimics one of the world’s most natural mothering abilities. We’ve been asked by millions of U.S. women to offer the doll here and we’ve been graciously embraced by dozens of advocacy groups that endorse the doll.”

Berjuan adds, “…acting just like ‘mommy,’ girls can learn another natural nurturing skill about taking care of a baby. Just like changing, bathing, swaddling, singing, rocking to sleep, and cuddling for a healthy baby.”

+ The Breastmilk Baby