Jade Roper Says Pediatrician Is ‘Concerned’ About Son Brooks’ Weight Gain: I’m ‘Crushed’

Jade Roper admitted she feels “like a failure” after her latest pediatrician appointment for her and Tanner Tolbert’s 4-month-old son, Brooks.

“Our feeding journey with Brooks has been a really hard one,” the Bachelor alum, 32, captioned a Friday, December 13, Instagram photo of herself and her baby boy. “We’ve dealt with dairy and soy allergies that left him crying for hours on hours with malabsorption, a lip and tongue tie we were advised not to revise (although they give him a poor latch), milk supply issues, foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. It feels like the list goes on. I think one of the biggest worries we have as mothers of little babies is if they are getting enough to eat and if they are gaining enough weight.”

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Our feeding journey with Brooks has been a really hard one. We’ve dealt with dairy and soy allergies that left him crying for hours on hours from malabsorption, a lip and tongue tie we were advised not to revise (although they give him a poor latch), milk supply issues, foremilk/hindmilk imbalance. It feels like the list goes on. I think one of the biggest worries we have as mothers of little babies is if they are getting enough to eat and if they are gaining enough weight. We went to Brooks’ four month check up and I was crushed to find out he’s in the 5th percentile, and that the ped was very concerned about his weight gain. I’ve never felt more like a failure. The feelings of guilt that my baby was aching for food and nutrition, and I didn’t know it, consumed me. I knew he was a string bean (he’s tall for his age), but with how hard we work on his feedings, I guess I didn’t think he was that tiny compared to other babies his age. It can be hard to fully give your attention to each child sometimes when you are taking care of a baby and a toddler too, and I feel so bad I may have been missing some cues from him I didn’t know he was showing. I’ve changed my whole diet and so many other parts of my life to make sure he is getting good feedings, so it’s just so hard to know that it’s not enough. We were recommended by his doctor to supplement after every breastfeeding and to add extra feedings, so we’ve been doing that with a hypoallergenic formula that’ll hopefully help him put on weight before his weight gain check-up. Any mamas out there that had babies that were on the lower end of the weight percentiles? How did you get through the worry and the guilt? How did you not over obsess with the progress? There’s been so many tears over here, but we are strong and working on getting this little guy some rolls. I’d do about anything in the world to help keep Brooks healthy and thriving. Anyway, thanks for letting me vent, I guess I’m just hoping to know we aren’t alone in this feeding struggle. ❤️

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The Colorado native, who also shares Emerson, 2, with the Bachelorette alum, 32, went on to write, “We went to Brooks’ 4-month check-up and I was crushed to find out he’s in the 5th percentile, and that the ped[iatrician] was very concerned about his weight gain. I’ve never felt more like a failure. The feelings of guilt that my baby was aching for food and nutrition, and I didn’t know it, consumed me. I knew he was a string bean (he’s tall for his age), but with how hard we work on his feedings, I guess I didn’t think he was that tiny compared to other babies his age.”

Jade Roper Says Pediatrician Is ‘Concerned’ About Son Brooks’ Weight Gain
Jade Roper and Brooks Courtesy of Jade Roper/Instagram

Roper explained why she “feels bad,” writing that she has been busy taking care of her toddler and may have been “missing cues” from Brooks. “I’ve changed my whole diet and so many other parts of my life to make sure he is getting good feedings, so it’s just so hard to know that it’s not enough,” she added.

Now, the “Mommies Tell All” podcast cohost is supplementing after every nursing session and adding extra feedings to their routine with a hypoallergenic formula to “hopefully help him put on weight before his weight gain check-up.”

Brooks arrived in July, and Roper opened up about his health issues nearly one month later. “They did test his diaper and his stools, and he did test positive for a dairy sensitivity, so now I have to cut out dairy and soy and possibly beef,” the reality star captioned an Instagram post at the time.

She and the Missouri native wed in January 2016 after meeting and falling in love on season 2 of Bachelor in Paradise.

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