Britney Spears Reflects on Being a Young Mother in Throwback With Sons

A nostalgic Britney Spears posted a surprise photo of herself with sons Sean and Jayden when they were little on Instagram, reflecting on how it felt to be a young mother.

The "Toxic" hitmaker is mom to Sean Preston, now 15, and Jayden, 14, with her ex-husband Kevin Federline. She became a mother at the age of 24.

"I had my babies very young," the 39-year-old singer said in her Instagram caption on Wednesday. "At all the pools we went to on tours, all the babies flocked to me because I always brought the most toys ... I really am a baby mamma!!!!"

The photo she shared looks to be a paparazzi snap during a time when she was hounded by the media. Her life during that period was recently explored in the high-profile documentary Framing Britney Spears.

Many of the responding comments on Instagram praised Spears for being dedicated to her children despite her turbulent personal life.

"You're an amazing mother! I know your babies love you more than anything," wrote one fan.

While another added: "And you do a fabulous job! You're an incredible person with a lot of weight on your shoulders. Keep killing it."

Another person commented: "You are a wonderful mommy."

In October 2007, a judge granted Federline sole physical custody of their sons due to Spears' "habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol," according to StyleCaster.

In January the following year, Federline was given "sole legal custody and sole physical custody" with Spears allowed visitation rights after an incident in which police were called to her home when she refused to hand over the boys to their father. It was around that time that she was placed under a highly publicized conservatorship.

Spears also made headlines back in March when she shared a snap of herself with the two boys. In a lengthy caption, the singer, now 39, spoke about how her sons are so grown up.

"It's so crazy how time flies .... My boys are so big now," she wrote.

"I know ... I know ... it's very hard for any mama especially a mama with boys seeing them grow up so fast !!!! Talk about enough to make you go to your knees ... GEEZ !!!!"

She continued: "I'm extremely lucky because my two babies are such gentleman and so kind that I must have done something right !!!

"I haven't posted pictures of them for some time cause they're at the age where they want to express their own identities and I totally get it .... But I went out of my way to make this cool edit, and guess what .... They're finally letting me post it !!!"

Britney Spears and sons
Britney Spears, son Sean Federline (R) and son Jayden Federline (L) arrive at the Los Angeles Premiere "Smurfs 2" at Regency Village Theatre on July 28, 2013 in Westwood, California. Jon Kopaloff/Getty/FilmMagic