When Kaleena Pysher gave her daughter up for adoption, she knew her role as a mother wasn’t over.
According to Alaska Dispatch News, Kaleena was 18 when she found out she was pregnant. After witnessing her sister go through teenage motherhood, she decided to choose adoption.
The Anchorage teen arranged an open adoption with a family friend and started pumping and shipping her breast milk to the adoptive parents after she gave birth.
Though the breast pumping was painful, she continued to do it and focused on the nutrients and antibodies she was giving to her baby.
Now that the adoptive parents have added formula to the baby’s diet, Kaleena donates her breast milk to a milk bank in Colorado. Her supply will help premature babies in a neonatal intensive care unit.
Kaleena knows the difficulties that come with teen pregnancy, but has a simple reason for committing so much to a baby she gave up for adoption.
“This is just who I am. I’m not saying it’s easy. It’s definitely hard. But I’m doing this all out of love because I want the best thing for my daughter.”