Jade Roper responded Monday after fans criticized her recent breastfeeding photo.
The 31-year-old television personality spoke out in a series of Instagram Stories videos after social media users said she set "impossible" standards by posting a "staged" photo with her daughter, Emerson Avery.
"So, I had some comments about the picture I posted of me and Emerson after I was breastfeeding and people telling me they don't look like that when they breastfeed and that I was setting up a standard that's impossible to live up to," she said.
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Roper faced backlash after sharing a post-breastfeeding photo Thursday to promote ThirdLove nursing bras. The picture shows Roper snuggling her daughter while wearing a black bra and makeup (see above).
"The truth about that picture is I had a photo shoot the day before and I hadn't taken my makeup off, so that's literally the day before's makeup," the star explained.
You guuuuys, thank you so much for all the support I've received about my Instagram stories earlier. It truly, truly means so much to me and I tried to read every kind and empowering message from each of you. I was very emotional earlier. and I think it's because my nursing relationship with Emmy is one of my most favorite mommy experiences (even though it's had its ups and downs, because it's an ever changing experience). Thank you for letting me be myself and express how much I love being a mom and thank you for letting me express myself when I feel like I'm failing as a mom (or failing others) or I feel unsure of myself. All the moms out there that support each other, you're the best. *This is my favorite post-feeding picture of Emmy and me, I can't believe she used to be this little.* ❤️
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"And it was slightly staged—we positioned Emerson just right to make the picture [work], but that was literally right after I had fed her and she had fallen asleep on me and we do have those moments where we snuggle, so I don't get what's so unreal about it," she added. "This is my real life."
Roper welcomed Emerson with husband and fellow Bachelor in Paradise alum Tanner Tolbert in August. She gushed about her daughter in an interview with Ashley Iaconetti's I Don't Get It podcast the same month.
"People always say you don't realize how much you can love somebody until you have a kid," the star told Iaconetti, who co-starred with her on Bachelor in Paradise. "It's wild!"
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"It makes me love everything even more," she added. "I love Tanner more. I love Emerson. I love my dogs more. Like, I thought I'd come home and I'd be like, 'Oh, you guys are just dogs now.' But it makes me love them even more."
Roper competed on The Bachelor Season 19 before meeting and getting engaged to Tolbert during Bachelor in Paradise Season 2. The couple married in January 2016.
By Annie Martin
Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.