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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What You Need to Knowso Your KidLearns Faster

Worried that your active child’s attention span seems too short to absorb new information? Relax. Your three-year old is more than ready to expand her knowledge! Here’s how you can help her learn better and faster:

Maximize the age of faster learning

By the time your little one celebrates her third birthday, she's ready to enter the age of faster learning! And that's why a stronger immune system is so important at this age—so that less sicknesses will interrupt your child's learning and that nutrients will be maximally utilized for brain development.3

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Strengthen her immune system

It’s a fact: children are more prone to sickness. But that doesn’t mean you can’t do anything to boost your child’s developing immune system. A simple way to improve her immunity is by supplementing her diet with 2'-FL, the 3rd most solid component in human milk that’s now commercially derived from lactose. This special type of prebiotic nourishes your growing child’s developing digestive system. And because 70% of the immune system exists in the gut, keeping your little one’s digestive system healthy with 2'-FL also means strengthening her immunity.1

When your child is not sickly, her nutrient intake is utilized for brain development instead of being used to fight off infections. Less sick days also mean that she can spend more time out there playing and learning!

Give her mind the power of nutrients

The fast growth of your three-year old’s mind needs to be accompanied by proper nutrition—and that’s where key nutrients come in. e.g. lutein, an ingredient that can boost your child’s learning ability by improving brain processing speed based on studies!2 No wonder new research shows that school children with higher levels of lutein do better in Math, Reading, and Language.4

Load up your child’s diet with lutein by serving her egg yolks, broccoli, lettuce, and asparagus.2

Complete her balanced meals and encourage her to learn even faster & better.

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References:

  • 1How Human Milk Oligosaccharides Help Babies. May 2018. Retrieved from http://www.nutritionnews.abbott.com/healthy-moms-babies/abbott-leads-the-way-with-hmo-research.html
  • 2Johnson EJ, Mohn ES, Kuchan MJ. Preferential Accumulation of Lutein, Alpha-tocopherol and Docosahexaenoic Acid in Subcellular Membranes of Primate Brain. Poster presented at: Fifth Annual Aspen Brain Forum. New York, NY; November 12-13, 2014. Abstract 19.
  • 2Lauritzen L, Hansen HS, Jorgensen MH, Michaelsen KF. The Essentiality of Long Chain n-3 Fatty Acids in Relation to Development and Function of the Brain and Retina. Prog Lipid Res. 2001 Jan-Mar;40(1-2):1-94.
  • 3Dewey KG, Mayers DR. Early C+C8hild Growth: How Do Nutrition and Infection Interact? Martrn Child Nutrition 2011: 7:129-142.8
  • 4Kuchan, Matthew. Lutein Positively Related to Academic Achievement. Discovery Research. Abbott Nutrition.
  • 5Georgieff MK. Nutrition and the developing brain: nutrient priorities and measurement. Am J Clin Nutr. 2007 Feb;85(2):614S-620S

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