A picture posted by an unidentified woman in Colorado is getting a lot of attention. As reported by KRDO News Channel 13, the lady, who asked to be kept anonymous, took a picture of her breastfeeding a puppy.
Why did she do it? She claims it was to save the life of the lab-mix pup, the runt of his orphaned litter. She told KRDO, that the little fella, named Tubbs, wouldn’t eat from a bottle or take K-9 formula, “He just wasn’t taking it. I didn’t know what else to do, I was desperate and I just couldn’t bear sitting there watching it die. Literally what clicked in my head was like, put him on you, just pray to God he will take something and not die.”
The woman admits that prior to doing it, she felt the action she would commit was taboo. There is no explanation as to why she felt compelled to share her actions on Facebook, but she did. From there it spread. Though some aren’t reacting well to it, she feels she did the right thing, saying “I can’t let their criticism bring me down when I did something right and I’ve seen the results. That dog is alive because I took that initiative.”
The Colorado Springs station spoke with Dr. Amber Williams, who wasn’t concerned with that taboo aspect of this story, but rather the health risks. She said there are zoonotic diseases that can be passed from puppies to babies, and that human milk is not ideal for other animals. Fortunately, the woman who breastfed Tubbs says that she no longer nurses her 15-month-old child, so nothing will be passed. As for Tubbs, he’s no longer nursing either. KRDO says the little guy is now on formula.
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