Facebook has its limits, and when a person shares disturbing images like this mother who shared a picture of herself smoking from a bong while breastfeeding her baby simultaneously.
Kayla Marlowe, a young mother from Portland, Oregon, recently posted a concerning picture, which had Facebook commenters in a chaos.
In the photo, Kayla is seen embracing a tiny baby who is drinking from her right breast as her friend lights a bong for her to smoke.
‘Needed a safe place to share this beautiful picture,’ she wrote, posting the image on the page of a cannabis parenting support group on Facebook called CannaParentingSupport.V.420.
Kayla is seen leaning over her bald newborn, her mouth at the top of a purple bong, presumably to smoke marijuana, as her friend Krystal Rose Shillingford-Holm lights it for her.
After the image was posted, Kayla received some support from like-minded parents.
One man apparently compared Kayla’s actions to someone drinking beer while feeding their kid, while others said they did the same.
A woman named Sierra Cox approved, writing: ‘Love it!! My boyfriend would do this for me when I breastfed and of course you have to do the lean-over so you don’t bump their head or light their little hairs on fire.
Several other commenters, however, criticized Kayla, questioning her parenting skills and how she was damaging her child’s health.
Many called her names, with the condemnation growing so much that both she and her friend appear to have deleted their profiles.
‘Nursing while getting stoned, you are trailer park rejects. Pure trash,’ wrote a man name Joseph.
‘I’m more liberal than conservative, and I support responsible legalization, but this is f***ing ridiculous! If you want to smoke, do so when kids aren’t in your care. For f***’s sake, what a dumb c***,’ wrote a woman named Sarah.
‘I’m no doctor but I’m pretty sure a newborn child breathing anything besides air is probably bad,’ man named Richard, who added that he isn’t anti-marijuana but thinks people would have much more negative things to say about a mother smoking a cigarette while breastfeeding.
Smoking and consuming marijuana is legal in Oregon, where Kayla lives. However, most experts agree that children should not be exposed to the drug.
If present in the room while someone smokes marijuana, the child can also inhale the smoke, which can give them a passive high. Studies have also suggested that inhaling secondhand marijuana smoke can damage a person’s heart and blood vessels.
A baby can also ingest THC through its mother’s breast milk. However, insufficient studies have been completed on the effects of marijuana through breastfeeding, the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists discourages mothers from smoking and breastfeeding.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment also discourages the practice, writing in a guide: ‘THC in marijuana gets into breast milk and may affect your baby. Because THC is stored in body fat, it stays in your body for a long time. A baby’s brain and body are made with a lot of fat.
‘Since your baby’s brain and body may store THC for a long time, you should not use marijuana while you are pregnant or breastfeeding.’
The American Academy of Pediatrics also agrees that breastfeeding mothers should not use marijuana.