A 44-year-old mother of two who couldn't breastfeed her children has now turned to a rather unorthodox way of fulfilling her maternal desire by breastfeeding her 9-year-old daughter's pug, Spider, to make her feel like a better mom.
In a frank interview, Terri Graham told the UK edition of Closer magazine that she knows people might brand her a "freak" but she insisted that her breastfeeding nourishes the family dog and makes her feel like a better mother.
"I'm finally getting the breastfeeding experience I missed out on with the children," Graham told Closer magazine. "Having Spider suckle on my boob means I finally feel complete and a better mother."
"Her tongue tickles and I do feel her teeth but she latches on in a way that they don't hurt me," she said when reporters asked her if breastfeeding Spider hurt.
Graham, who is originally from California, said that the dog developed a taste for breast milk after licking the nipple of a bottle she had pumped for her then-newborn son in 2010, and that she has been feeding her dog ever since.
She said that Spider was the runt of the little and was underweight when she first came into the family. The veterinarian had suggested that the dog be fed specialty food. While the dog refused to eat food the vet prescribed, she quickly took to Graham's breast milk.
"I breastfeed Spider in front of the kids and they think it's amazing," Graham told the magazine.
Closer interviewed a psychologist who told the magazine that Graham should seek therapy.
However, Graham isn't the first woman to admit to breastfeeding her dog.
According to Inquisitr.com, a British woman named Suzanna Morgan said she gave her dog, Dixie, a bottle of breast milk she had pumped to get her pet to stop barking when no dog food was left in the house.
"'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," Morgan said according to Inquisitr.com.
"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," she said.
After the first time, Morgan had reportedly said that she began feeding her 17-month-old daughter from her left breast and her dog, Dixie, on her right breast. Afterwards, she said she disinfected herself.
"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.