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



3 healthy ways to help kids to grow stronger


Some kids shoot up real fast and others grow slowly but steadily. Just as plants require air, water and sunlight to flourish, give your children every chance to achieve their natural growth potential with a holistic approach. Read on to find out how you can help your kids grow stronger with these healthy tips.

  1. A glass of milk a day

    One of the key foods in a child's diet is milk. 1 to 2 glasses (between 250 to 500 ml) of milk1 – that's what each child should drink each day as part of a well-balanced diet! A glass of milk is an easy and nourishing beverage on its own or to complement any snack you may put together.

    Make every sip count with growing up milk powders. These contain protein, calcium and more added nutrients such as vitamin D and iron, which can contribute to your child’s balanced diet.

  2. Encourage kids to be active

    Children are practically pre-programmed to play. Running, jumping, bending, rolling and all the wiggly and fidgety movements of your little school-going kid play a part to help make muscles firm, joints flexible and bones strong.

    Working the muscles also helps build them up and amino acids from protein-foods in the diet including formula milk, are building blocks of muscle proteins.

    To stay alert and active kids need wholesome nourishment. Just before an outing, like a visit to the zoo, give your kids a snack and a glass of formula milk to help them stay energised to learn and discover, and to prevent hunger pangs. A glass of formula milk is an easy and nourishing beverage that complements any snack you put together.

  3. Get adequate rest

    Most kids need an average of 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night. Sleep gives growing bodies the rest they need to continue growing properly. Sleep also helps kids sort and store memories, and even solve some problems.

    You may have heard that a glass of warm milk before bedtime may soothe kids into slumber land. While the jury is still out on this old wives’ tale, that daily glass of formula milk for your kids can still help, thanks to the nutritional benefits it brings!

  4. 1Health Promotion Board. Retrieved on August 28, 2015 from: