A Little Girl Breastfeeding

It is common to see little children, both girls and boys, especially if they themselves were breastfed, play pretend games where they breastfeed their dolls as well as many other toys, even cars and dinosaurs which are definitely not mammals.


Children learn by doing. Children’s play is practice for adult life. Children mimic what they see.


The video shows a 2.5 year old girl breastfeeding her doll.  She has learned this by seeing mothers breastfeed their babies.  This is how it always was, children learned by copying adult behaviour. Breastfeeding problems were less common when everyone breastfed.



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  • Marjolaine Caron

    August 2, 2017 at 11:39 pm Reply

    This is so true…. My 3 years old daughter do it all the times with her dolls. She has seen me brestfead her little sister for almôst a year now. It is so natural for her to do so. And the other day, I even founded her pumping :). Glad I had the time to take a picture of her doing that.

    • Jack Newman

      August 3, 2017 at 4:08 am Reply

      Thank you for your comment. Would you mind sending the photo to drjacknewman@hotmail.com?

    • Emily J

      August 18, 2017 at 12:43 am Reply

      MY twin and half year old was “pumping” the other day as well. After nursing she passes me my water bottle because I need “water to fill up your mommy milk” then she drinks some to
      Make mommy milk for her doll lol, way too cute!

      • Emily J

        August 18, 2017 at 12:45 am Reply

        2 and a half year old, not twin and a half…. autocorrect sometimes is so irritating

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