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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4-6 MONTH / MONTH 5

5th Month Post Delivery

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Diarrhea And Constipation: Your Little One Might Have A Bug

Your baby’s feelings of discomfort might depend on whether her digestive system is okay. That said, infant stool varies from baby to baby, day to day. Stool can be yellow, green, or brown, with consistency from applesauce to play dough, and still be considered normal. We can help you recognize the symptoms of diarrhea and constipation, and learn how you can help her feel better.

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Your 5-Month-Old Baby

He’s more curious, yet more cautious.

Definitely growing strong. Possibly growing wary.

By the end of this month, your 5-month-old will probably be able to sit up with some support, and be able to pass toys from one hand to another. And, depending on how often your friends and family visit you, he might start displaying a wariness of strangers.

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Preparing to Bring Your Baby Home

For first-time parents, bringing your baby home from the hospital is a significant milestone as it will mark the start to your parenting journey. However, adjusting to a new family member at home may be challenging. There are new routines to learn, such as figuring out an optimal sleep schedule, understanding what your baby needs through unclear body language, establishing your baby’s feeding times, and sacrificing personal time in order to care for your new bundle of joy. Even so, the stress and emotional lows you may feel is normal to many new mothers. Here are some things you can do to prepare yourself, and those around you, when your newborn arrives home.

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