A California mother has admitted to breastfeeding her dog after she was unable to breastfeed her two children.
Forty-four-year-old Terri Graham said breastfeeding her 9-year-old daughter’s pug, Spider, made her feel like a better mom. Graham says the dog developed a taste for breast milk after licking the nipple of a bottle she used to feed her then-newborn son in 2010. She has been breastfeeding the dog ever since.
“I’m finally getting the breastfeeding experience I missed out on with the children,” Graham told the UK edition of Closer magazine. “Having Spider suckle on my boob means I finally feel complete and a better mother.”
Graham said she knows people might think she is a freak, but she insists that her breast milk nourishes the dog. She says Spider was the runt of the litter and underweight when she first came into the family, and a doctor had suggested feeding her speciality food. Spider refused to eat it but quickly took to the breast milk.
Graham, however, isn’t the first woman to admit to breastfeeding a dog. In 2010, British woman named Suzanne Morgan said she gave her dog, Dixie, a bottle of breast milk she had pumped earlier in the day to get it to stop barking when there was no dog food left in the house. Morgan said:
” ‘What’s the worst that can happen?’ I said, grabbing one of the bottles and pouring it in her bowl. Dixie sniffed her bowl, and in no time at all, she’d lapped it up. I started to wonder.
Was I the only one who fed breast milk to a dog? I got on the internet, and within minutes I’d found no end of women who’d breastfed dogs, cats, even pigs. A lot of them didn’t just pour the milk into their pet’s bowls, they let them suckle at their breasts, too.”
Morgan said she fed her 17-month-old daughter — whom she admitted was too old to still be breastfed but said she liked the bond it created — from her left breast and fed the dog with the right, and disinfected herself after.
“Dixie, Tasha and I are happy, so you can think what you like, but I reckon you shouldn’t knock it ’til you’ve tried it,” Morgan said.
A psychologist interviewed by Closer magazine suggested that Terri Graham seek therapy.
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