This image of American woman Kayla Marlow breastfeeding while taking a hit from a bong has caused outrage online.
This image of American woman Kayla Marlow breastfeeding while taking a hit from a bong has caused outrage online.

Mum breastfeeds while smoking bong

A SHOCKING photo which appears to show an American woman breastfeeding while taking hits from a bong has caused outrage online.

The image shows breastfeeding mum Kayla Marlow holding a purple pipe - used to inhale drugs - to her mouth while her friend holds a lighter over the other end.

A baby is cradled in her other arm while Ms Marlow and her friend recline onto a blue duvet.

The post was shared by Ms Marlow, thought to be from Portland, Oregon, a state which has legalised the use of marijuana in most circumstances.

The poster entitled the image "Need a safe place to share this beautiful picture" and added that she was "feeling blessed".

The picture was shared in a cannabis parenting support group on Facebook, but screenshots of the original post have gathered almost 9,700 likes and over 2,000 shares.

Online posters were quick to share their outrage.

One social media user said: "I'm not against weed, however what they are doing is child endangerment it would be the same if I lit a cigarette in the house with my kids."

Another commented: "If you are going to smoke it do it away from the baby! Staged or not you're main concern should be feeding your baby, not posting pictures on Facebook."

Another wrote: "Never mind second hand infant smoke inhalation ….it's just cannabis … … f** idiots.

"I'm no doctor but I'm pretty sure a newborn child breathing anything besides air is probably bad."

Another said: "Good lord. OK I'm more liberal than conservative, and I support responsible legalisation, but this is f****** ridiculous!

"If you want to smoke, do so when kids aren't in your care."

Marijuana consumption is legal for recreational use for anyone aged over 21 in the state of Oregon.

One shocking comment on the original post read: "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."

Both women pictured have now appear to have closed their social media accounts since the post gathered so much attention.

This article originally appeared on The Sun.

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