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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.

By Charyn Pfeuffer - MSN Living Editor Jan 31, 2013 6:57PM

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, Photo: via FacebookAdrian 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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Aug 21, 2013 11:08PM
Why is it that white women make such a BIG DEAL out of breastfeeding?   I breastfed three children and was never once accused of being offensive to others because I have discretion!  These women need to get some.
Aug 20, 2013 12:54PM

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!


Aug 14, 2013 12:55AM
But on the other hand I'd personally tell her to feed in the classroom. I don't mind looking at boobies and I'm sure many of those boys wouldn't mind either. Believe it or not it's a fetish of many and you can find a lot of hidden camera breast feeding videos online
Aug 13, 2013 10:35PM
It is sad that some people think she should be forced to go to an alternative school. I was a sophomore in high school when I had my son.  I pumped in a large closet of a home ec. classroom during my lunch for 9 months.  It was nerve racking because the door didn't lock and occasionally the teacher would forget and come in.  I graduated in the top 6% of my class after taking all AP and Pre AP classes. 
Aug 13, 2013 3:06PM
I believe this young lady should be applauded for her efforts to do the right thing by her child. For a parent to say this is not right in the school then you have an issue and need to have a reality check. What better way for young people to learn what this is like. I have two children. I was a young mother. 18 with my son and 20 with my daughter. I would never have tolerated such negative remarks. My children are my legacy and the best thing in my life. For any other parent to suggest this is disgusting is just a close minded person. Good luck to her and her son. I am proud of her as an American for standing up for her rights and the rights of her child. Be careful what you say that child could one day grow up to be a very important person to us all.
Aug 9, 2013 9:11PM

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.

Aug 9, 2013 8:56PM
I think the young student should be seeking alternative schooling. Like home schooling. Her attending school, nursing the baby, is not appropriate example for her peers. Right now the baby is new, it is cute and she is thrilled by it. Just wait a while until she gets tired of the responsibility of an infant. Her Mom will probably wind up babysitting. The government is in all likelihood shouldering the expenses. How can we as a society encourage children not to have sex at such an early age? Babies are an emotional and financial responsibility. Unless you are prepared to have a home, a job and plan for the child's future should not be breeding babies. I raised 4 children, three of whom were adopted, and I know what a financial responsibility it is. My three adopted children were all born of unwed mothers who were too young to be having babies. It has been a blessing for me to have them however.
Aug 9, 2013 7:22PM
I think a mother should be allowed to breastfeed anywhere. But shouldn't we be teaching these teens that  parenthood should come oh say  after you finish your schooling or at the very least to use a condom because you dont know who he or she has been with or if they will be there after the baby ,and you sure dont understand how much time and expense it takes to properly raise a baby. Thanks Reality Tv {Teen Mom } for glamorizing being a teen mom and dad.
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