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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Your Newborn's appearance

Your Newborn's appearance
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Your baby's reflexes

Getting a grip-understanding the reflexes that come naturally.

Your baby already has a good grip, and many automatic reactions or reflexes.

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Nurturing your baby's intellectual and social development

Together time: Interaction between you and your baby, even at this young age, will help determine his intellectual, social, and emotional development. How you respond to his cries, satisfy his needs, and show him love will determine how he sees the world later.

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Sensory motor development

Sensory overload-from the dark womb to a world full of sights and sounds.

From the moment your baby enters this world he's learning.

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Dreaming of sleep

Coping with your 1-month-old's unpredictable sleep patterns can be a challenge.

Newborn babies often seem to have no real sleeping pattern.

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Napping One Minute, In-Love the Next

You're head-over-heels in love in one moment, and ready to drop off to sleep the next. In between naps for both of you, you're learning the basics about understanding your baby.

Get a head start by learning more about:

  • Your newborn's appearance
  • Sensory motor development
  • Your Baby's Reflexes
  • Nurturing your baby's intellectual and social development
  • Dreaming of Sleep