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Do Pregnant Mums Need Maternal Milk/Susu?

Many pregnant mums in Malaysia are in a dilemma about whether they should be drinking maternal milk/susu or not. Let’s listen to what the experts have to say.

When selecting the food and drinks to include in your diet during pregnancy, your biggest concern should be supporting both you and your child. Since milk is a common drink that you might have in the morning, the great news is it’s still possible to fit it into your diet during pregnancy! Here are the benefits of maternal milk, and other types of milk you may turn to. As always, we recommend that you consult with your doctor for advice before implementing any dietary changes.

Benefits of Maternal Milk/Susu


Supplements Folic Acid

Folic acid helps with the growth and development of the foetus and play important role in formation of red blood cell. As compared to normal adults, the need of folic acids in pregnant mums is higher.


Eases Pregnancy Discomforts

Drinking maternal milk/susu can supplement the nutrients lost due to nausea and vomiting during pregnancy.


Does Not Disrupt Digestion

Maternal milk/susu is easily absorbed and does not add to digestion issues. It is also suitable for breastfeeding mums as it helps to meet their body’s nutritional requirements. Mums should pick a pregnancy milk/susu that best suits them, has a light taste and has balanced nutrition and fat content that is easy to absorb.

Different Types of Milk/Susu

Many mums-to-be are asking whether cow's milk is a safe choice during pregnancy, and what alternatives to turn to if you can’t drink regular whole milk.

Cow’s milk

Whole milk from cows is a healthy source of protein and many essential minerals such as calcium, vitamin D, vitamin B and even fat that both your body and developing child need. In most cases, a few servings of milk can be safely included in your daily pregnancy diet.

However, drinking cow’s milk during pregnancy is not always an option. Many women find that their stomachs can't tolerate milk very well, even if they had no issues with digesting milk before. Lactose—the naturally occurring sugar found in both pasteurised and raw milk—is often the culprit behind your body rejecting it. In this situation, you may need to look for milk alternatives that provide all the nutrition without the sensitivity issues associated with whole milk.

Plant-based milk choices

If you find yourself sensitive to whole milk during your pregnancy, you can look to plant-based milk products such as almond milk and soy milk as an alternative option. These products are naturally lactose-free, eliminating the risk of digestion issues associated with lactose. Often fortified with protein and minerals, they can help you consume the necessary amounts of calcium and vitamins.

Remember to look for healthier versions such as unsweetened almond milk. While pregnant mums do need to consume more calories during pregnancy, it is better if they come from whole food sources, not empty calories often found in the sweetened or high-fat products.

No matter which milk alternative you choose, please make sure that you consume plenty of water during your pregnancy. Getting into the habit of drinking a glass every morning is not only one of the best habits for your body and health, but it is also important for your child.

Frisomum® Gold – Our NEW Formula milk alternative during your pregnancy

To address the specific needs of mums-to-be, maternal milk is often recommended as it helps balance both you and your toddler’s nutritional needs safely. We have formulated Frisomum® Gold with both mum and child in mind, and its unique Dual Care+ formula supports you on your pregnancy journey.

Consuming the right amount of calcium and other minerals to support you during and after pregnancy can be challenging, so we have included a healthy amount in Frisomum® Gold to support your physiological changes during pregnancy. Frisomum® Gold isn’t just milk for pregnant mums, it also provides a good foundation for your ever-growing toddler. In fact, some of the vital nutrients that Frisomum® Gold provides you with include:

Vitamin B12 – Essential for the production of red blood cells and the healthy functioning of the nervous system.

Folic Acid – Aids in the production of red blood cells, nucleotide synthesis, and cell division.

Iodine – Important for the production of thyroid hormones, which supports brain development.

Vitamin D – Aids in bone development, along with calcium absorption and utilisation.

Calcium – Helps in the normal growth and development of bones.

When you consider milk for pregnant mums, also consider the origins of the milk and the process of manufacturing. Frisomum® Gold undergoes a single manufacturing process, so it preserves the natural nutrients of the milk to give you what you need in your pregnancy journey.