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This Mom Made the Breastfeeding Doll You Never Knew You Wanted

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I may have just found the best Hanukkah gift for all moms with babies and toddlers. Yes, a breastfeeding doll exists. We all know that being a mom is tough, and breastfeeding is one of those things that some moms do that often gets overlooked–or worse, shamed. This is why one Australian mom made a breastfeeding mom doll to help normalize breastfeeding.

Who is this wonderful woman? Her name is Betty Strachan, and she’s a mom of two young kids, aged 3 and 5. She sells her handmade dolls, called “Mamas Worldwide Barbie,” on her Etsy shop, All The Little Dolls. The drew inspiration from the mothers in a mom group she’s a part of, which she explained to The Huffington Post:

“The decision to make a breastfeeding doll didn’t come consciously. I’m a member of a mothers’ group that’s comprised of very lovely and supportive women. I remember one day, I was drawing the new face on a Barbie doll, and she just seemed to be the embodiment of the entire group.”

And it’s not just adults she’s just trying to connect and educate; it’s kids, too–she told Metro:

“I realized that it was really something that should be available ― because, like most things that society deems unacceptable, educating children is the way to erase the stigma behind it.

When I became a mother, seeing the effect of the toys children are exposed to first hand, I noticed that the lack of diversity could be potentially damaging psychologically. A girl with brown skin and dark eyes may look at a light skinned doll and wonder why it’s classed as beautiful and she is not.”

Here are some of my favorites below:

I’ve been working on a little something today 👶🏼❤️

A photo posted by Betty S (@allthelittledolls) on


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Joanna Valente

Joanna Valente is the Editorial Assistant at Kveller. She is the author of Sirs & Madams The Gods Are Dead, and Marys of the Sea (forthcoming), and received her MFA at Sarah Lawrence College. You can follow her @joannasaid on Twitter, @joannacvalente on Instagram, or email her at joanna@kveller.com.

The opinions expressed here are the personal views of the author. Comments are moderated, so use your inside voices, keep your hands to yourself, and no, we're not interested in herbal supplements.

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