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


Importance of growth monitoring

Growth is an important indicator of your child's overall health and nutritional status. Accurate measurement and regular plotting of your child's height and weight for age can help detect growth issues. Use the Health Booklet from the Health Promotion Board to help you track the growth and development of your child.

Poor growth may be an indication of an underlying medical condition or nutritional deficiency. Poor growth due to nutritional deficiencies in a child can have a lasting impact on his physical and mental development. It is therefore crucial that you identify any growth issues and address inadequacies in his nutritional intake early to be sure that your child is growing well. Start tracking your child's growth now!

What is the ideal percentile for your child's height and weight?

There is no one ideal percentile for any child. Therefore, it may be perfectly normal if your child comes in at the 25th percentile or the 75th percentile for height or weight. However it is still important to track height and weight over time and evaluate the data against the growth charts to identify your child's growth pattern.

Check your child's growth:

Plotting height and weight on growth charts allows you to assess your child's growth and development for up to 12 years of age. Growth assessment is a simple yet effective tool in identifying the nutritional status of your child.

Child's Birthday
Child's Gender
Child's Length/Height
Child's Weight