Breastfeeding is the best nutrition for healthy growth and development of babies. Good maternal nutrition helps sustain an adequate supply and quality of breast milk. Unnecessary introduction of bottle-feeding, partially or fully, or of other complementary foods and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding, which may be irreversible. Consult your doctor and consider the social and financial implications before deciding to use breast milk substitutes or if you have difficulty breastfeeding. Follow usage, preparation and storage instructions of breast milk substitutes or of other complementary foods and drinks carefully as improper or unnecessary use may pose a health hazard.
Your child starts to distinguish opposites. He also understands instructions that involve two separate actions, such as "Drink your milk and give the bottle to mummy." He can now more clearly describe his needs.
Your child is now able to hum his favourite tune, tell you what he is doing, and express likes and dislikes. At this point, "No" may be his favourite word.
Your child can hold a crayon to draw simple lines. He can also play with a ball, eat with his fingers and walk without support. In no time, he will be able to carry his toy while he walks. He will also discover his ability to run.
Your child may demand your attention, asking you to play with him. When he grows more self-assured, he will look up to older children, play with them and mimic their actions. He may also form relationships and play with children his age.