Breast milk is best for your baby

Breast milk is best for babies. The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) recommend exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding or other food and drinks will have a negative impact on breastfeeding. At around six months of age (but not before 4 months), infants should receive nutritionally adequate and age-appropriate complementary foods while breastfeeding continues for up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before deciding to use infant formula or if you have difficulty breastfeeding.

Abbott Singapore fully recognises breast milk’s primacy, value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by the WHO.

The content on this website is intended as general information for Singaporean residents only and should not be used as a substitute for medical care and advice from your healthcare practitioner. The HPB recommends that infants start on age-appropriate complementary foods at around 6 months, whilst continuing breastfeeding for up to 2 years or beyond to meet their evolving nutritional requirements. If no longer breastfeeding, toddlers can switch to full cream milk after 12 months. This should be complemented by a good variety of solid foods from the four main food groups (fruits, vegetables, grains, meat and alternatives). For more information on the nutritional requirements of infants and young children, please visit


Pregnancy Care

Eat This, Not That

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Choosing healthier options to combat cravings.

During your pregnancy, chances are you'll have some type of craving. When a craving hits, it’s hard—really hard—to be good. Any food in moderation is fine during pregnancy. Eating a small amount of "empty" calories—those found in high-sugar foods such as candy bars, cookies, and soft drinks—is OK. However, many expectant mothers eat far more than is healthy. Moderation is the key. Most often cravings are due to the changing hormones in your body while you're expecting.  Some pregnancy food cravings can undermine your healthy eating habits, but it’s possible to satisfy your cravings and still give yourself the nutrition you and your baby need. If you’re craving something that’s high in calories, fat, or sugar, look for a substitute that satisfies with fewer calories and less fat. The charts below can help. In addition to the following healthier food substitutions, try adopting the following eating habits for the duration of your pregnancy:
  • Eat more frequent mini-meals and snacks. Being less hungry can help curb cravings.
  • Begin with a balanced breakfast with at least one whole grain and one fruit. Skipping meals can increase food cravings later in the day.
  • Work with your cravings instead of fighting them. Indulge in moderation. A small serving of the food you’re craving might suffice.
  • Maintain regular exercise (with your doctor’s approval). Exercise is shown to help reduce cravings.
Craving for this?Try this instead:
Chocolate candyA square of dark chocolate
Ice creamSorbet, sherbet, or juice bars
Potato chipsAir-popped popcorn
Source: Accessed 10/13/15.
YUK! – Dealing with food aversions during pregnancy
While pregnant you might develop aversions to certain foods including nutritious foods that you and your baby might need for good health. If some of your favorite healthy foods seem unappealing, try these substitutions:
If this makes you want to hurl:Try this instead:
MeatOther protein sources, such as low-fat yogurt, low-fat milk, low-fat cheeses, beans, nuts, or tofu
Any kind of proteinIncorporating or disguising protein in a casserole or stir-fry with a flavorful sauce
Dark green leafy vegetablesBeta-carotene-rich fruits, such as peaches, apricots, or tropical fruits
Fish during pregnancy: To eat, or not to eat?

Fish is low in fat and contains high-quality protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and other essential nutrients.

The Omega-3 fatty acids in fish play a role in your baby's brain and eye development. But, certain fish, like shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel, can contain high levels of mercury that can be harmful to your baby. While pregnant you can safely eat up to 12 ounces per week of fish low in mercury (shrimp, salmon, catfish, canned tuna, etc.).*

*ACOG's Nutrition During Pregnancy Accessed 10/13/15.


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Pan seared coral trout with papaya milk broth

Credit: Gleneagles Singapore and Chef Catan Tan, Gleneagles Hospital Singapore

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