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 www.healthhub.sg/earlynutrition.

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Pregnancy And Fatigue – They Don’t Have To Go Hand-In-Hand

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Tired of being tired? Wake up to these fatigue-fighting strategies.

Pregnancy is an incredible, wonderful, amazing, absolutely tiring time. Fatigue is one of the most common early symptoms, particularly in the 1st and 3rd trimesters.While nothing can fully eliminate fatigue, fueling your body with nutrients can reduce that tired feeling and give you the daily energy you need. If you have concerns about ongoing fatigue, talk to your doctor to rule out anemia or other possible causes.
Why are you so tired?
Your body is working hard to support new life and adapt to the many physical changes that come with the development of a baby. Increased progesterone, lower blood sugar levels, and lower blood pressure — all common in early pregnancy — might sap your energy.
Keys to fighting fatigue during pregnancy
When fatigue strikes, try these tips to help reduce symptoms:
  • Choose nutrient- and protein-rich foods, such as low-fat milk, yogurt, beans, chicken breast, or peanut butter.
  • Skip the quick fix, like donuts, candy, or sugary drinks. They might be a temporary fix, but they’ll leave you more tired in the long run. Energy drinks should be thought of as dietary supplements and might not be safe for your baby. Check with your doctor.
  • Eat every four hours, beginning with a balanced breakfast. Try to include at least one whole grain and a fruit or vegetable with each mini-meal or snack.
  • Limit caffeine. *It's advisable to limit caffeinated drinks like tea, coffee and cola to just one serving a day during pregnancy. Excessive caffeine may increase the chance of miscarriage. If you still have a craving, limit yourself to a single caffeinated drink a day.
  • Listen to your body, and get the rest you need. It sounds simple, but it can be easy to forget during this busy time.
  • Exercise regularly (with your doctor’s guidance).
  • Get as much of the iron, vitamins, and minerals you can from iron-rich and energy-dense foods.
  • Hydrate. Drink at least ten 8-ounce (240ml) glasses of water or other fluids daily.

*Source: Healthhub.sg/live healthy/dos and donts in pregnancy

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