Breastfeeding is often billed as one of the most “natural” things a new mother can do, but Garcelle Beauvais says it simply wasn’t the right choice for her — and that’s okay.
“I didn’t nurse and I got a lot of flak for it,” Beauvais, 48, says in PEOPLE’s new Mom Talk video series about her decision to not nurse her twin sons, Jax and Jaid, after they were born eight years ago. “People are like ‘Oh, you’re not going to breastfeed your children?’ “
“I had so much judgment,” she shares. “I had a horrible milk supply. I went on supplements, I went on an illegal drug from Canada. I did everything, and basically they were like, ‘You have to start supplementing right away. You physically do not make enough milk to feed your baby.’ ”
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Beauvais, meanwhile, expressed no regret about her decision to not breastfeed, and now looks back and laughs at the natural solution she used to curb her milk supply: cabbage leaves!
“A family friend of ours said the way to get my milk out is to put cabbage leaves on my boobs,” she jokes. “So my mother-in-law at the time was at home and she was like ‘What color? What kind of cabbage?’ And I was like, ‘I don’t care! Just get anything!’ “
— Kathy Ehrich Dowd