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



Get the facts about common pregnancy nutrition misconceptions

When it comes to pregnancy nutrition, understanding which key nutrients are most important can help you make good choices for you and your developing baby. Here are a few myths moms-to-be often hear about nutrition and the truth behind the real advice.

Nutrition during pregnancy matters, now and later

MYTH: Your baby will rely on the nutrient reserves in your body and get everything he needs, regardless of what you eat.

TRUTH: What you eat when you are pregnant makes a difference in the quality of nutrition your baby receives during this important time of development. Research has found that your nutrition during pregnancy establishes the foundation for your baby's health for the rest of his life. You can give your baby a strong, healthy start by taking care of your own health and nutrition.

When to begin eating healthier during pregnancy

MYTH: If you didn't eat balanced meals before becoming pregnant, it's too late.

TRUTH: While it's important to eat right as soon as you find out you are expecting, any time is a good time to change your nutritional habits for the better. Starting now, you can choose healthier habits for you and your baby.

Eating fish during your pregnancy

MYTH: Fish is not safe to eat during your pregnancy.

TRUTH: 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. Certain fish, such as shark, swordfish, tilefish, and king mackerel, can contain high levels of mercury that can be harmful to your baby. But you can safely eat up to 12 ounces of fish low in mercury (shrimp, salmon, catfish, canned tuna, etc.) per week while pregnant.*

*ACOG's Nutrition During Pregnancy

A smarter approach to empty-calorie foods

MYTH: Any food in moderation is fine during pregnancy.

TRUTH: states that eating a small amount of "empty" calories - which are found in high-sugar foods such as candy bars, cookies, and soft drinks are OK. However, many expectant mothers eat far more than is healthy. Try to limit your intake by eating empty-calorie foods less often, or by decreasing the amount you eat or drink when you are craving these types of snacks.


Healthy confinement recipe 2:
Pan seared coral trout with papaya milk broth

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

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