Teen mom denied right to breast feed
After sophomore Jaielyn Belong was denied breastfeeding accommodations at her Delaware high school, moms across Facebook came together to support the new mother.
Yesterday, a community – both real and virtual – came together when a Delaware teen was denied breastfeeding accommodations at her high school.
Five weeks ago, Felton High School sophomore Jaielyn Belong gave birth to her son, Adrian Amir Belong. As the new mom heads back to high school next week, she plans to exclusively breastfeed her baby as per the current recommendation by the American Academy of Pediatrics.
The only catch? The nurse, a counselor and a school administrator recommended Jaielyn only breastfeed her son before and after school hours, reports MommaTraumaBlog.com. This would mean Jaielyn could not pump for or nurse her baby for over eight hours every weekday.
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This recommendation goes against Delaware law which reads:
31 Del. C. § 310
Notwithstanding any provision of law to the contrary, a mother shall be entitled to breast-feed her baby in any location of a place of public accommodation, wherein the mother is otherwise permitted.
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Local La Leche League (LLL) leader, Heather Felker, said Jaielyn "has shown great maturity by taking responsibility for her pregnancy and now her son. She chose breast milk as the healthiest possible start for her son, and as a cost saving measure for her family. By not supporting these choices, the school is sending a negative message."
Moms of all ages were outraged by this message and took to Facebook, starting a ‘We support Jaielyn Belong’ Facebook page that garnered more than 1,400 ‘likes’ in one day.
School officials took notice, and the pro-pumping Facebook page posted a message they received from Jaielyn’s mom, Betty Belong: “She's allowed to pump her milk and they will provide a private area for her!”
The post added that someone has agreed that if the school will give her the space she needs, they will donate a refrigerator so that she will have a place to store her milk.
“I only want what's the very best for him and it is scientifically proven, breast milk is the best choice," Jaielyn told MommaTraumaBlog.com.
Listen to a WXDE Delaware 105.9 News Talk Radio interview with the Lake Forest High School superintendent here.
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Photo: via Facebook
Keep your boob in your blouse. It is offensive. Breastfeeding in the classroom is ridiculous. If I hung my boob out, I would get arrested for indecent exposure. Young mothers are just plain lazy. Bring a bottle or find a private spot. Gotit!
I congratulate this young mother in doing what is right for her child. She could have chosen to have an abortion and ended a precious life, and hide the fact that she made a mistake. Instead, she has chosen to take responsibility for herself and her child by wanting to do what is best for the child and continuing her education so that she will be able to provide for herself and the child in the future. I'm sure she is embarrassed by the whole situation but she is trying to do to what is right. She needs support NOT criticism. I'm speaking from experience. I was a teen mother at 16. There was a lot going on in my life, my boyfriend comforted me and we loved one another. We made some bad choices; life was difficult; but, we ended up having a beautiful daughter. My high school allowed me to continue to attend classes during my pregnancy and after our baby's delivery. I graduated with my class and later contnued my education, became a nurse and obtained an MBA.. I worked in a hospital for over 30 years, taking care of the sick and injured. My boyfriend and I were married when I was 5 months pregnant. We had four beautiful daughters and are celebrating our 46th anniversary month.
I I I pray that this young mother sticks to her guns, gets her education and cares for her child the way babies need to be taken care of. If so, she will be more successful at life than the poor excuses for humans who have posted such negative things about her. And SHAME on that school nurse for recommending that she not feed her baby naturally. She should know better than to make such a suggestion.
In addition, I take offense to people who say that this young mother is a "waste" If she is, then so am I. I think the true "waste" are those who run down those less fortunate. They just don't get what life is all about. I'll pray for you too. I believe you need it more than this teen mother.
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