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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - A photo of a woman breastfeeding a puppy is circulating on the internet. The woman who posted it on her personal Facebook page has come forward to explain why she did it -- to save the puppy's life.

"I just did it. I never thought I would ever do that. That's just something it was taboo to me as well," the woman who wished to remain anonymous said. "I guess you could call it a maternal instinct."

The puppy's foster mom said the lab mix puppy was the runt of the litter. It's mother was killed and the tiny pup, named Tubbs, would not drink from a bottle nor eat 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 him die," she said. "Literally what clicked in my head was like put him on you, just pray to God he will take something and not die."

Not only did the puppy not die, he is no longer the runt of the litter.

"It really reaffirmed what I did was right because I was for myself, quietly, in my mind embarrassed. I was ashamed, I felt weird, it felt weird," she said.

Veterinarian Amber Williams said she was less concerned about the taboo and more concerned about the puppy's health.

"I'm more concerned about zoonotic disease because there are things that can be passed from puppies to babies," Dr. Williams said.

Dr. Williams said nutritionally, human breast milk is also not the best for puppies.

"In an emergency situation, I don't think it's a big deal, but for them to grow appropriately I think it would be important for them to get on a k-9 formula," Dr. Williams said.

Tubbs has since been weaned off breast milk.

"I've seen the results. That dog is alive because I took that initiative," the foster mom said.


  • Anna D.

    I think this is WONDERFUL!! ( little odd yes!… BUT its a MATERNAL INSTINCT! I think she did the right thing!!

    • jigajga

      Maternal instinct???… last time I looked my mom isn’t a dog, or cave woman. A human is on point. So it’s ok if a lady was breastfeeding feeding a goat, pony, calf,cub??… i call that savage and beastality. Straight up nasty all yall nasty for even think it’s ok, w your nasty tail!

      • athynz

        A life is a life – now it would have been less weird/taboo/whatever had she used a pump but perhaps the pup would not have taken the bottle either.


    How funny! The veterinarian is concerned the puppy should be switched from human milk to “formula” though the human milk brought him ahead of the litter (of course since human milk is alive with antibodies!) Pray tell, is the canine formula made with a dog milk base, or is it cow milk like all the rest? Does that canine formula come with live white blood cells aka antibodies like the human milk it was getting.

    Well, I wish more human doctors would protest human babies being given cow or soybean formulas, insisting that they should be “on human milk” instead.

  • deloris

    Not a good ideal should have gotten a bottle and given the puppy what else will people do for attention? Just saying

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