Caring for your newborn in the first six months
Dr Simon Ng Pau Ling
MBBS, MMed (Paed), FAMS
Kids Clinic @ Mt Alvernia
Anxious about bringing your newborn home? Put your fears aside and gently ease into parenthood with this informative guide.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) and Health Promotion Board (HPB) advises mothers to breastfeed exclusively in the first six months, before gradually introducing solid foods to supplement breast milk.
Breastfeeding is a wonderful opportunity for a mother to build an intimate bond with her baby and provides numerous advantages for both mother and child.
Breastfed babies have:
- Stronger immunity systems
- Lower risk of stomach problems such as constipation and diarrhoea
Breastfeeding benefits the mother in the following ways:
- Stimulates the womb to contract faster after childbirth
- Lower risk of breast, ovarian and womb cancers, as well as heart disease and osteoporosis
- Promotes faster weight loss after giving birth
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