co-breastfeeding

  1. A question for any of you experienced RN's- is there any danger or value to this practise?


    Ananova: Woman breastfeeds puppy
    A New Zealand woman is breastfeeding her Staffordshire bull terrier puppy because she wants it to protect her baby daughter.

    Kura Tumanako, of Hastings, started breastfeeding the pup after her own baby stopped taking her milk, reports the New Zealand Herald.

    Her baby, Honey Pauline Philomina Flo, was born on August 29 and is now on bottled milk.

    "I wanted to raise the pup with my baby," Ms Tumanako said. "I wanted to bring it up with a baby. It will protect her as they grow up."

    "He drinks more than the baby. It doesn't hurt, but it's a little bit ticklish," she said.

    Ms Tumanako, who is pregnant again, said she did not care what people thought about her breastfeeding the pup.

    "It's my life, my responsibility. I make my own choices," she said. "I'm going to look after me, my baby and my puppy."

    Hastings veterinarian Sharon Marshall said it was uncommon, but not unheard of, for one species to provide milk to another.
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  2. 20 Comments

  3. by   canoehead
    I wouldn't think it was unhealthy for anyone but it is kind of odd. Personal choice I guess.
  4. by   BRANDY LPN
    I think "kind of odd" is the understatement of the year. This is just plain old nuts in my opinion, and I also don't think it will make the pup more protective of the kid, if any thing I think it will cause the pup to think of the kid as a littermate, an equal, and he will treat the kid as such by competing for his place in the "pack" and will probably be MORE inclined to bite the kid. weird ppl.
  5. by   nekhismom
    Quote from BRANDY LPN
    I think "kind of odd" is the understatement of the year. This is just plain old nuts in my opinion, and I also don't think it will make the pup more protective of the kid, if any thing I think it will cause the pup to think of the kid as a littermate, an equal, and he will treat the kid as such by competing for his place in the "pack" and will probably be MORE inclined to bite the kid. weird ppl.
    Yep, I agree with this one! Weird, some people are.
  6. by   canoehead
    As for nutrition for the puppy...not so good.
  7. by   rnmi2004
    Hmmm, if this story is for real & not one of those hoaxes, it sounds like this woman is a bit mentally unstable. Breastfeeding a dog? Talk about creepy. The idea that this will make the dog more likely to protect the (bottlefed) daughter is nuts.

    And if you are going to do something that wacky, at least have the sense to do it without getting the media involved! Her poor children are going to have to grow up with the stigma of having the "crazy canine wet nurse" mother.
  8. by   JVanRN
    What bothers me the most is the fact the a dog is getting her breast milk and the child is getting the bottle.I think the baby would benefit from the breast milk more than the puppy would. Can't she pump and give it to the baby or something. I mean if she wants to bottle feed the child that's her choice. Nothing wrong with that, but I still don't see how breast feeding the dog would make it more protective of the child. Yeah some people are certainly "different" that's for sure.
  9. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    I think this lady needs a stay in a psych ward. Wouldn't this be an coverup for a disgusting fetish? Anyway, if she uses a pump, couldn't she give it to the baby and the puppy? Why does the dog need to breastfeed? Does she push the baby in a stroller, and let the dog suckle in public? I agree, that is weird!
  10. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from rnmi2004
    Her poor children are going to have to grow up with the stigma of having the "crazy canine wet nurse" mother.
    LMAO.....I wonder if she will have a line of dogs following her everywhere waiting to be fed. :chuckle
  11. by   Hardknox
    Wow! I thought I'd heard everything. I wonder if the people at breastfeeding.com have heard of this???? :chuckle
  12. by   mitchsmom
    There probably isn't any danger in it per se, but the baby should definitely have priority in feeding at the breast. Putting the whole weirdness of nursing a dog factor aside, there are a couple of specific reasons that come to mind:
    1) There are advantages for babies in feeding directly from the breast (oral, facial, eye development, better speech, less need for orthodontia, lower risk of TMJ syndrome; composition of milk varies during the feed; a small amount of the valuable fats, vitamins, and immune properties of milk are lost if milk is stored before feeding; see links if interested)
    2) Milk is species-specific. Dog's milk and cow's milk and human's milk & all mammal's milk are different and created especially for that animal. As a matter of fact, milk is unique from person to person and from feeding to feeding! While the dog may be ok on human milk, there may be something more well-suited and healthier for it. We get much less protein and more lactose in human milk because it's needed for our brain development. Maybe it will grow up to be a very scrawny but intelligent dog! LOL

    The Influence of Breastfeeding on the Development of the Oral Cavity (also great info on dental caries, otitis media, SIDS, sleep apnea, and more)
    http://www.brianpalmerdds.com/bfeed_oralcavity.htm
    What is the big deal about milk?
    http://home.howstuffworks.com/question297.htm
    Milk Composition comparison with other mammals...scroll down for chart:
    http://classes.aces.uiuc.edu/AnSci308/milkcomp.html
    Basic comparative anatomy of the mammary gland.
    http://137.222.110.150/calnet/mammary1/mammary1.htm
    Don't Shake the Milk:
    http://www.bflrc.com/ljs/breastfeeding/shakenot.htm
    Biological Functions of Lactation (lists differences in species):
    http://64.233.161.104/search?q=cache...hl=en&start=20
    ...and it goes on and on...
    Last edit by mitchsmom on Dec 31, '04
  13. by   Fun2, RN, BSN
    Quote from mitchsmom
    Maybe it will grow up to be a very scrawny but intelligent dog! LOL

    If nothing else, at least some of us can get a good laugh from this! :chuckle
  14. by   SmilingBluEyes
    I would think this practice unsanitary, if indeed this story is even true. For rather obvious reasons.

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