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


Celebrating a Year of Milestones

As hard as it is to believe, it has been a year since you brought your tiny infant home and now he is developing a personality all his own

The power of hugs, and other ways to engage your 12-month-old's mind

This month, help him continue to develop by:

  • Hugging and cuddling him often
  • Soothing and calming him when he's fussy
  • Smiling and talking to him as much as possible
  • Rocking and loving him
  • Playing games such as "pat-a-cake"

New activities to try:

  • Sit baby at or near the table during family meals
  • Show him how to pull a pull toy. (To prevent choking, keep toys with long strings put away when you can't watch your baby play)
  • "Read" a picture book with him and identifying what you see on each page

Safety first – graduating to the next level of precautions

If you haven't already, now is a good time to make sure you've taken all the baby safety measures you can.

Safety Checklist:


Tips for weaning baby off his bottle

Around 12 months of age, many babies are happy to abandon the bottle for a sippy cup. If your baby can't quite take that step yet,

Here are some things to try: