(NEW YORK) -- A new doll that mimics the act of breastfeeding has some parents up in arms and the manufacturer defending itself against accusations of perversion.
Called Breast Milk Baby, the doll sold by Berjuan Toys for $89 allows children to imitate the act of breast-feeding by using a special halter top that comes with the toy.
The top is made from a colorful material with two flowers positioned where nipples would be. When the doll's mouth is brought close to a sensor embedded in the flower, the baby makes motions and sounds consistent with suckling.
Critics say the doll is over-sexualizing young girls or forcing them to grow up too quickly, but the company and supporters have said the toys are meant to teach young girls about the nurturing skills they'll need later in life.
In Spain, a breast-feeding doll called the Bebe Gloton, also made by Spain's Berjuan Toys, has been sold since 2009.
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