Mom Smokes Weed As She Breastfeeds Newborn (Photo)

| by Alex Scarr

A woman was criticized after she posted a photo of her smoking from a bong while breastfeeding her newborn baby.

Kayla Marlow posted the photo to a Facebook group titled CannaParentingSupport.V.420, an apparent support group for parents who use marijuana, according to Green Rush Daily.  Marlow posted the picture with the caption, "needed a safe place to share this beautiful picture," to the group.

Soon after posting, the photo was rife with comments. Several were very critical about Marlow's parental decision to smoke from a bong while holding her infant child. A presumed friend of Marlow's, whose face is blurred out in the photo, lights the bong for Marlow as she smoked.

"Never mind second-hand smoke inhalation…f****n idiots," wrote one commenter. Another user also mentioned the issue of secondhand smoke, seeing as the infant was no more than a few inches from the smoking piece.

Not everyone was critical of Marlow, though.

"LOVE IT!!" supported another. "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," she said.

The Facebook group has since been deactivated after Marlow's post went viral.

According to a study cited by NPR, parents smoking marijuana around their children expose them to trace amounts of the drug. Among the families studied, 75 percent of children who had parents that smoked had trace amounts of marijuana in their urine.

"There is a strong association between those who said there was someone in the home who used marijuana or a caretaker who used marijuana and the child having detectable marijuana levels," said Dr. Karen Wilson, the lead doctor in the study.

Wilson noted that while there remains very little scientific data to show the potential harm done to children as a result of secondhand marijuana smoke, it remains a bad idea for parents to expose their children to the drug.

Dr. Seth Ammerman, a clinical professor of pediatric and adolescent medicine at Stanford University, cautioned that any smoke, whether it's tobacco or marijuana, is harmful, according to U.S. News & World Report.

Ammerman noted that the science community has already issued warnings about the dangers of secondhand tobacco smoke and seeks to dispel the notion that marijuana should get a "pass" because it's found in nature.

"Cyanide comes from a plant, as an example," he said. "There are many deadly poisons that also come from plants."

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