Berjuan Toys is already selling its Breast Milk Baby online ($70) and expects to have it in stores later this year.
The doll works by the child-”mother” donning a halter top with flowers positioned as nipples, and when the baby comes into contact with the a flower, sensors mimic sucking sounds.
Although dolls that demonstrate toileting functions are already on the market, breastfeeding activists are more enthusiastic about this one, hopeful that girls’ comfort with breastfeeding will result in decreased bottle-feeding later on.
Opponents have denounced the doll as forcing girls to “grow up” too soon and with choices too complicated for their age, which according to the manufacturer is as young as 3.
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Frances Ragusa, 75, was back in court in Brooklyn, N.Y., claiming child support she said was never paid by husband Philip Ragusa, 77, in their divorce settlement of 33 years ago.
The “children,” of course, long ago became adults, but the $14,000 judgment has grown, with interest, to about $100,000.
Frances told the New York Post that she called Philip several months earlier to discuss the amount but that Philip merely began to cry.
“Don’t let this case go to trial,” she recalled telling him. “If you think I’m going to forget it, Phil, you’re stuck on stupid.”
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