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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The Elementary School Years

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Changes you will begin to see in your 7 to 10-year-old

You've made it through diapers, through potty training, through preschool and learning to read - now your child is ready for more independence, homework, and friendships.

By age 10, your child is likely to show signs of:

  • Greater independence from parents and family
  • Stronger sense of right and wrong
  • Beginning awareness of the future
  • Growing understanding about one's place in the world
  • More attention to friendships and teamwork
  • Growing desire to be liked and accepted by friends
  • Rapid development of mental skills - continues to improve reading and writing
  • Greater ability to describe experiences and talk about thoughts and feelings
  • Less focus on one's self and more concern for others
  • Stronger, more complex friendships and peer relationships (greater importance on having friends of the same sex)
  • Experiencing more peer pressure
  • Becoming more independent from the family
  • Becoming more aware of his or her body as puberty approaches (be aware that image and eating problems sometimes start around this age)
  • Facing more academic challenges at school