A different kind of breastfeeding post..or should I say BEASTfeeding!
So my son got a puppy, and the puppy is really too young to be away from it's mother as far as I'm concerned. So I was curious as to whether I could give the puppy pumped breastmilk. So, I googled it and came across this!! I was shocked! I really had no idea that women did this. While I may consider giving a baby animal expressed milk, I would never consider actually breastfeeding them!! What do you ladies think? Would you do this? Or are you like me and think it's a little too extreme, even for the breastfeeding "nazi's"?
Out of the mouths of babes
…and into the mouths of beasts
Warning: some of the following 15 stories are not pleasant. One in particular is gut-wrenching and slightly depressing. The others are just as absurd and could easily fit in a work of fiction. I could write an essay on these unique women and their stories… but a picture speaks a thousand words.
1. Bishnoi Woman Breast Feeding Found Fawn
Vijay Luxmi Sau went to visit her parents out of town. She came home with a new addition to the family – a female baby fawn. Rumor has it that the fawn’s mother abandoned it when a pack of stray dogs attacked. Vijay found the fawn scared and hungry; she began breastfeeding the fawn and brought the new “baby” home to her husband and 7 month old human child.
2. The mother who suckles pet monkey
It’s hard to let motherhood go… just ask Namita Das. When her adult children flew the coop, she began breastfeeding her other “son” – a baby monkey. Namita’s husband found the monkey dying after a brutal storm hit. Namita nurtured it back to health, and continues to mother the orphaned animal like one of her own.
3. Jennipher Alupot, forced to breastfeed the puppies of her husband’s hunting dogs
Jennipher Alupot was “earned” when her father traded her in marriage in exchange for two cows. Her new husband, now without a source of milk, would strap his wife to the bed and allow his hunting dogs to suckle her breast throughout the night. This sadistic ritual endured through 2 different childbirths – a total of 7 years – and Jennipher thinks her breast milk was contaminated in the process. Her third and youngest son died before his second birthday.
4. Woman Breastfeeding Tigers
Here’s the story: three tiger cubs are born to a homicidal mother, who tears one to bloody shreds. Hla Htay, a zookeeper at Yangon Zoological Gardens, helps save the remaining two and volunteers to nurse them from her own breast. Touching story, no? As an aside, Htay has made it clear that she doesn’t plan to continue breastfeeding once the cubs grow teeth.
5. Woman breastfeeds bull terrier puppy
Kura “Kat” Tumanako has a baby girl (named Honey Pauline) and a bull terrier puppy. They’re like brother and sister… sort of. To make up for the differences in appearance, Kat is trying to solidify the brother-sister bond by breastfeeding them both. It remains to be seen whether the idea worked.
6. Tori Amos suckling pig
Tori Amos is no Madonna, but she still knows how to make a statement. When she released Boys for Pele, she included an image of a piglet suckling on her breast (pictured above). The statement was heard; conservative America went into a tizzy. It’s been said the piglet experience inspired her to motherhood… but people say a lot of things.
7. Woman Breastfeeds Endangered Golden Monkey
You can count the number of golden monkeys in the world on one hand. If it wasn’t for Mrs. Chen Yongiian, we would all have to fold over yet another finger. You see, when Didi (a newly born golden money) was rebuked by his mother it was feared he would develop a serious illness. Mrs. Youngiian agreed to feed the monkey indefinitely, diminishing the chance of his sickness.
8. Kate Garraway posed feeding a calf to promote a documentary on wet nurses called Other People’s Breast Milk
Here’s food for thought: why is it accepted for a cow to breastfeed our children, while the idea of a woman breastfeeding a calf is seen as absurd? Does it violate the rules of nature? Why, then, are we giving our children cow milk if interspecies feeding is so appalling? These are some of the questions that Other People’s Breast Milk explores… and, as might be expected, there was massive outcry over the promo picture above.
9. Awa Guaja Tribe Women Nurse Wild Animals
For the Awa Guaja tribe in the Brazilian Amazon basin, community means more than humans. It also includes monkeys, which are considered sacred animals. The monkeys are taken from their mothers after birth and grow up sleeping, playing and breastfeeding alongside human children.
10. Papua New Guinea women breastfeed pigs
What you’re looking at is considered normal among certain indigenous tribes throughout New Guinea. Are the pigs getting hungry? No problem… Susan will go out and feed ‘em. In exchange, the pigs help out around the house. For instance, they’ll scour the sweet potato fields for scrap peelings and churn the soil in the process. Seems fair in my book.
11. Indian woman breastfeeds pet calf
Some people really love their pets. Chouthi Bai, an Indian from the Kilchu village, is one of them. Her pet calf is 23 days old in this picture, and has enjoyed breast milk every single one of them.
12. The Woman Who Breastfeeds Her Cat
Janine Hammond took the idea of being a “cat lady” to a whole new level. She doesn’t keep a thousand cats like the typical cat lady… instead she’s made a habit of breast feeding him. Then again, maybe she just has a thing for breastfeeding; she also suckles her guinea pig and pet shire horse. The only one that doesn’t enjoy her breast milk is her newborn son.
13. Woman Breastfeeds Puppy In South Africa
Teddy the dog is living the life. When he isn’t sleeping or running around, he’s busy drinking Ntswaki Nkabinde’s breast milk. In Nkabinde’s view, Teddy is part of the family and should be treated as such. The only problem is her family thinks she’s gone crazy but Nkabinde “[doesn’t] care what anyone says.”
14. Amazonian Woman Feeding Monkey
Another Amazonian tribe… another monkey drinking human breast milk. Business as usual in the jungle, I suppose. Picture credits go to Jacek Palkiewicz.
15. “Pennsylvania Mountain Lady” breastfeeding child and deer
In the 1930’s, the “Pennsylvania Mountain Lady” epitomized the savage lifestyle of America’s hillbillies. But what’s so wrong about breastfeeding deer next to your child? Then again, don’t answer that.