We first posted this story back in June 2009 when Bebé Glotón was just released in Spain.
However, as the doll entered the North American market this fall, and sales skyrocketed (20,000 sold in the U.S. in September alone), Bebé Glotón was wiped off the shelves and is virtually impossible to find. The last shipment into the States happened in November. They are long gone. And the manufacture (Berjuan in Spain) says more dolls will not be available till February due to the lengthy process of constructing the sucking mechanism. Unless you get lucky on eBay - where the dolls are selling for $100+ - the little ones in your house are going to have to suffice with nursing their other teddy bears and dolls and Costco receipts till 2010 rolls around.
There exist many mixed feelings on this doll. Some great. Some not-so-great. We'd love to hear what you think and welcome a report from lactivist parent whose child actually has this doll as well.
Some people like the idea - a baby doll who eats as normal human babies eat - at the breast. And yet, it comes with a pacifier (a common deterrent to a healthy breastfeeding relationship and milk supply, especially in the early months). Some La Leche League leaders are not too sure it is such a good thing. After all, we can just give our sons and daughters 'regular' dolls and they can nurse them any way they wish. Do we really need the "glurp glurp" sound effects and the pretty petaled bra? Yet, others feel it is a fun way to imagine you are nursing a real baby. And this encouragement - this life-like imitation of Mom - may just serve to normalize human milk for human babies. Something that could put a small crack in our hardcore nipplephobic state in North America.
So, what do you think?
Bebé Glotón is a baby doll made by Berjuan, a toy maker in Spain, for the express purpose of promoting breastfeeding. The idea is to impress upon youngsters that breastfeeding is the natural, normal way to feed a human baby. It would be wonderful if they already see Mom nursing (not to mention aunts, relatives, strangers at the park, etc.) but maybe this wishful thinking of a ubiquitously breastfeeding-friendly world is not yet reality.
Children can wear the colorful bra-like top adorned with small flowers over their chest. When the doll is placed at the flowers, s/he makes a nursing motion and suckling sound.
The doll is available as either a girl or boy infant (both intact of course).
Bebé Glotón (which translates as 'Baby Glutton' or, in more common American English slang, the little 'Piggy Baby') sells for 44 Euro or about $65 U.S. dollars. Although you will be hard pressed to find one here at this time, unless you are ready to search online and pay international shipping fees.
See Bebé Glotón in action: