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Mr. Lewis considers Breast Milk Baby “very much less sexualized” than Barbie dolls or the sassy Bratz pack.

Ms. Olds, who lives in New York City, agreed, though she said she thinks the dolls’ full retail price is too high. “That’s my only objection to it. It’s a lot of money, but people spend a lot of money on their children in all sorts of ways.”

Lincoln Hoppe, a Los Angeles actor and father of five — all breast-fed — said a young child who becomes a big sibling and sees mom nursing might enjoy the doll just fine. “After all, they’re going to imitate mom anyway using whatever doll they’ve already got,” he said.

But how about play dates out or just out and about in public?

“There may be a time and place for this doll, but I find the idea kind of creepy,” he said.