Review: Which Maternity Milk is the Best?
- My gynae was for it.
- A nutritionist I spoke to at a Cordlife conference recommended it after I shared that I only had the habit of eating 2 meals a day.
- My mother-in-law was against it as she believed drinking it will make one fat.
- A few mummies on Dayre were also against it, claiming that the high sugar content could cause gestational diabetes later (not so sure if this is scientifically true though!)
Having heard from different folks and after consulting my gynae, I eventually decided to drink maternity milk throughout my pregnancy to ensure that I would be getting enough nutrients to feed my growing baby. This decision came about because I examined my own diet (two meals a day) and realised I really wasn't getting enough nutrients from my food and lack of meals. Moreover, my gynae was supportive of me drinking maternity milk as my baby was underweight during our scans.
For those who already are consuming enough nutrients from your regular meals, perhaps it'll be better to speak with your gynae to see if they would recommend it in your situation.
The great thing about maternity milk in Singapore is that you can first sign up for free samples so that you can try out the different brands before committing to one:
|Goodie bag from Cryoviva when their sales rep came to pitch their cord banking plans to me.|
I ended up not storing with them though, for reasons detailed here.
*Note: The above comparison is only done across the normal / vanilla flavours. The chocolate ones (offered by Anmum and Enfamama) and strawberry (Similac) were not included as it wouldn't then be an apple-to-apple comparison with the other brands given the additional flavouring.
Abbott Similac Mum came out superior in this regard for nutritional level and low fat.
Aside from nutritional content, the taste of the milk and whether it dissolved easily were other key factors that I considered. Here's how they fared for me:
In terms of price, I paid nothing because I managed to get sufficient free samples to last me throughout my pregnancy (I only started consuming the milk from the 4th month onwards) by signing up directly with the various brands. Just as I was about to run out, a fellow expecting mum (who didn't need her maternity milk as her baby was of good weight) gave me her samples as well. Thanks Isabel! :)
So in the end, I didn't have to fork out a single cent to purchase any of the milk that I was consuming as a result of all the free samples. I was really lucky in that sense!
Where to get free samples of maternity milk in Singapore:
- Wyeth ProMama
- Nestle Mom & Me
- NatureOne Dairy Pregnancy Formula
- Abbott Similac Mum
- Anmum Materna
- Dumex Mamil Mama
When to start drinking maternity milk?
Anytime! In my case, I couldn't really stomach anything in the first trimester because I suffered from really bad nausea, and the smell of milk itself was enough to send me running to the sink. It was only in my fourth month (second trimester) onwards that I started drinking it for its nutritional content and ensure that both my baby and I were consuming enough nutrients.