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



How to choose healthy drinks for kids

What you need to know about the drinks that your child takes, so that you can choose the healthiest options for your little ones

Most kids love to drink sweetened beverages. Take a look at the drink aisles in the supermarkets and you will soon realise that they have many choices to pick from.

While the main reason to drink beverages is to include water in the diet, most choices available provide more calories than nutrients for your kids. Look at the ingredient list for each drink and study the nutrition information panel, to distinguish the smarter and better beverage choices.

Here are some general guidelines to know, so that your kids stay healthily hydrated.


Make sure your child has an average of six to eight glasses of water every day of the week. The fluids could come from water per se, or a variety of other liquid options such as soups and juices. Fruits and vegetables come with high water-content too, so be sure that kids have adequate amounts of these healthy foods.


Kids need to drink up to 2 glasses (250 ml per glass) of milk each day1 as part of a well-balanced diet. Milk provides protein and calcium as well as a host of other important nutrients that are important for a growing child. Colour and flavour milk to add variety to this daily staple and to make it an appealing part of the diet.


Whenever possible, select juices with no added sugar. Juice contains all of the sugar but none of the healthy fibre that comes from fruit, so try to limit fruit juice to one glass a day2. Encourage your child to eat more fruits instead as these contain more fibre.

Sweetened drinks

These can be used as the occasional treat. Served in small portions, these beverages should not replace other more nutrient-dense fluids in your child’s diet.

1Health Promotion Board. Retrieved on August 28, 2015 from:

2WebMD. Retrieved on August 28, 2015 from: