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Disclaimer: The Information available on this section/page, where not referenced, is provided by our expert Dr. Garene Kaloustian PhD, Child Development expert and does not reflect the opinion or views of the brand or the Nestlé Group of Companies. For more information on Dr. Kaloustian, please refer to her bio: https://www.goldlearners.com/child-developement-expert

Here you'll find answers to our most frequently asked questions.
Q : How can I help my child enjoy their meals?
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Eating time can be a challenging time for parents and children. In order to minimize the challenges, here are a few tips: 1. Allow your child to be part of the cooking process to get them engaged 2. Make sure it’s a time you know your child is hungry 3. Eating is a social event. Engage your child in conversation; recall ingredients used, identify flavours used when chewing and 4. No unnecessary distractions like TV, smart phones etc…bon appétit!

Q : Should I use a pacifier with my child?
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Babies have an innate need to suck as a soothing mechanism to relieve distress, whether a pacifier, a milk bottle or breastfeeding. So this means that the pacifier is used to soothe the baby. As to when to say bye bye to the pacifier…let’s take it from a dental health perspective and you decide. You can limit it when the child is 2 years and stop it entirely by 4 years in order to avoid overbites, cross bites and other dental complications.

Q : Are Breastfed babies more intelligent?
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While breastfed babies may on an average, have higher intelligence and better immunity than their non-breastfed counterparts, we cannot neglect the partial influence of genes that play a role in the child’s outcome and parental support that helps stimulate the child’s environment and in turn, their cognitive and emotional intelligence. So dear mama's, what you provide for the child and what is inherited should also be factored in.

Q : Do ‘educational’ toys, flashcards, videos and the like, make our babies smarter and think faster?
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Educational toys definitely have their uses but they have to be combined with human interactions. Flashcards and other educational toys help with certain learning, but this is contextualized and limited; your child may not (and perhaps will not) be able to take this learning elsewhere to be applied in a different context. What will help your child be a whole lot smarter is the combination of the educational toys and more importantly, the love and responsive care you provide for them that is much more long-lasting and meaningful.

Q : Does sugar makes our kids hyper?
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You may all be eagerly waiting to hear what the facts are about sugar intake to reaffirm your beliefs that indeed, sugar makes your usually polite, well-behaved child(ren) into ear-piercing, shrieking, sugar-crazed youngsters. Right? Scientific evidence shows otherwise. High, medium or low sugar intake do not seem to show much difference in behaviours. And this has been shown over and over again.

Put your minds at ease and think about this: When your child goes to birthday parties with maybe 5, 6, or say 10 other friends of the same age, the social dynamic helps them act the way they do. Children simply get excited at such events. So psychologically speaking, there may be an association between the environment and children’s behavior – not really the sugar.

Q : Do kids who are hyper have ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactive Disorder)?
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Children who have ADHD are typically ‘diagnosed’ as such because of their hyper behaviours. While hyperactivity is the most common symptom of ADHD, there are 3 types of ADHD: the inattentive type where children are easily distracted, don’t pay attention, lose or forget things, cannot pay attention to details and daydream – and are often those who can easily go unnoticed; the hyperactive type where children are restless, unable to wait for their turn and fidgety; and there is the combination of the two types. Take the context into account and children’s development to see why the child behaves as such; and if these behaviours are consistent and impulsive, only then might you consider support for early intervention.

Q : Do children who nap during the day sleep less at night?
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Children up until the age of 3yrs require a nap, or down time, during the day. Children are adjusting to various transitions in their lives, from the food they eat, the busy social lives they have and all the new discoveries they make daily. There is research evidence that reveals reduced stress hormones in toddlers when they nap – meaning, the child wakes up, recharged, ready to finish up the day. You simply must strictly maintain the daily routine regardless of the days’ nap. Otherwise you can easily fall into the trap of disorienting the child, making it more challenging for the child (and yourself no less) to fall asleep and believe it or not, making them wake up earlier. Bottom line – it’s not the naps – it’s the routine.

Q : Should my baby start sleeping through the night when they are 3 months old?
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We all eagerly await the 3-month mark for our children to sleep through the night so that we can all get some uninterrupted sleep (motherhood and uninterrupted – not likely). Truth has it that babies have different sleep patterns and the norm is not, and should not be determined by adults – in fact, the ‘normal’ is considered to be the number of hours that your baby should sleep in 24 hours – so anywhere between 12-18hrs.

Q : Should solid foods help babies sleep better at night?
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From a developmental perspective, babies are able to sleep through the night by 4 months of age. They are also ready to be introduced to solid foods right around that time so naturally, a logical association can assume that solid foods help babies sleep through the night. Don’t be disheartened however when this does not happen. The fact is, the baby’s calorie storage for the night is not the primary cause for their lack of sleep.

Q : Is it true that vaccines can cause Autism?
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First, it should be noted that it is the mumps/measles/rubella vaccine (MMR) that has been associated with autism – not all the vaccines. Second, the MMR vaccine is administered between 12-15 months of age. This is around the time that the symptoms of autistic behaviours appear – so there is high chance of assuming association between the MMR vaccine and autism, with the MMR vaccine being the culprit. Third, there is consensus amongst medical associations, such as American Academy of Pediatrics, and Institute of Medicine that has shown no association between the MMR vaccine and autism. In fact, reasons have shown to be part environment and part inherited genes.

Q : Should I shower my kids every day?
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Surely we all love the sweet smell of a freshly bathed baby! You can almost feel it. But the question is, doesn’t daily showers cause dryness and skin conditions like for e.g eczema? It seems that it’s not with the number of the daily showers but rather how we bathe our children that matters. Soap is made to remove oils, so yes, it dries the skin. Solution: simply limit the areas – the important ones are the smellier areas - armpits, groin, feet areas. The skin actually does the rest of the work. So let your children enjoy their lukewarm showers and the occasional bubble bath fiesta.

Q : Should children always be moved to their bed when they sleep?
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Do you see your child sleeping? And sleeping soundly? Children are typically quite adaptable to different situations (unless you give them the opportunity to experience otherwise). So when you see your baby, toddler or pre-schooler sleeping in the car seat, under the table or on the sofa, there is no reason to move them. They are doing just fine!

Q : Where I can find the “at risk nutrients” in my child’s diet?
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Nutrients at risk

Food Source

Vitamin A

Vegetables: Broccoli, Squash, Carrots, Cabbage, Leeks, Peas, Pumpkin, Spinach, Sweet Potato

Fruits: Cantaloupes, Grapefruit, Guava, Mango, Papaya, Tomatoes, Watermelon

Protein: Cheddar Cheese , Cream Cheese , Milk, Eggs, Tuna, Goat Cheese

Vitamin D

Protein: Sardines, Beef, Cheddar Cheese, Cream Cheese, Chicken Breast Milk, Whipping Cream, Eggs, Caviar, Goat Cheese, Turkey Bacon, Yogurt


Vegetables: Bok Choy, Brussels Sprouts, Butternut squash, Beans, Kale Leeks, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin.

Fruits: Avocado, Blackberries, Breadfruit, Cherries, Dates, Figs, Grapes Kiwi, Lemon, Passion Fruit, Pomegranate, Strawberry, Watermelon.

Protein: Liver, Beef, Caviar, Sardines, Goat Cheese, Lamb, Soy Beans, Soy Milk, Turkey Bacon, Roast Duck, Hamburger, Ground Turkey, Lima Beans.


Vegetables: Corn, Beans, Lima Beans, Okra, Peas, Potatoes, Pumpkin.

Fruits: Avocado, Blackberries, Dates, Loganberries, Pomegranate, Raspberries.

Protein: Beef , Cheddar Cheese, Chicken Breast, Eggs, Catfish, Sardines, Lamb, Soy Beans, Turkey, Veal Yogurt, Roast Duck


Iodized salt -- table salt with iodine added, fish, Cod, Milk, Eggs, Salmon, and Tuna.


Q : Where are the contact numbers?
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Found on the Contact us page.

Q : Is S-26 good for premature babies as well?
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Breastmilk is best for babies. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. Unnecessary introduction of bottle feeding of other food and drinks may have a negative impact on breastfeeding. After six months of age, infants should receive age appropriate foods while breastfeeding continues up to two years of age or beyond. Consult your doctor before you decide to use infant formula or if you have any difficulty breastfeeding. Wyeth fully recognizes breastmilk’s primary value and superiority and supports exclusive breastfeeding as recommended by WHO.

Q : Is there Soya bean ingredients in S-26?
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All our S-26 range contains soybean oils. If you have concerns about possible allergies; we advise you to consult with your child’s pediatrician.

Q : Which stage should I give my child if he is 3 years old?
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For your little one’s age, you can use S-26 Progress GOLD stage 3. We also recommend to consult a doctor for better assistance as he is the only one who can advise you with substitutions regarding your child’s needs.

Q : What are the changes in S-26 Progress Gold / Pro Kids Gold range?
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Please note that we have enhanced the formulation of our Wyeth ranges by increasing our essential nutrients that impact the child’s early learning development like choline, lutein, DHA.

With new premium and attractive packaging our All the range now starts with S26 GOLD

Q : Does Progress Gold cause obesity?
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Progress gold is delivering 0.8 Kcal /ml which is matching with the international guidelines for the proper weight gain for this ager group

At the same time mother should be advised to monitor the feeding portion of her growing toddler , the snacks and sweets to avoid occurrence of overweight and obesity which contributes to the development of type II DM and CV complications thereafter

Q : Does the Progress Gold cause diarrhea?
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No –

There are a lot of causes of diarrhea , the commonest is Rota virus infection ( vaccine is available for it )also the lactose intolerance or cow milk allergy can present with diarrhea

Most important mother is advised to rake care of the hygienic way of preparing the formula to prevent occurrence of any infection

Q : What are the Key nutrients in Progress GOLD? And their benefits?
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Choline supports brain development

Inositol may help regulate enzyme activities and transport processes for proteins and fat

Oligofructose May support gut health and may promote softer stools

Taurine Supports brain and eye development

Selenium is an important anti-oxidant

Nucleotides Helps support the immune system

Sucrose Free to help support healthy eating habits during the formative toddler years

Q : Does S-26 Progress Gold Constipation for my child?
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If your child is suffering from constipation we highly advise to check with their pediatrician.

A lot of factors are contributing to the occurrence of constipation for the infants and toddlers, the most important part is to check water intake and fiber intake also the feeding habits of the bay as well.

Please make sure to follow the preparation instructions written on the tin, to avoid preparing formula which is too concentrated by adding water which may contribute to constipation.

Q : What is the fat content in s-26 progress Gold and S-26 Pro Kids Gold?
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  • S-26 Progress Gold:17g/100g
  • S-26 Pro Kids Gold: 15g/100g
Q : Does S-26 Progress Gold formula increase my Child’s weight?
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The daily recommended intake of Progress GOLD is 2-3 feeds. If taken in the recommended amount within a healthy balanced diet containing foods from all the food groups; it contributes to your child’s proper weight gain; helping him grow and develop in a steady and healthy manner.

Q : Does Progress GOLD contains Palm Oil and is it harmful for my baby?
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Palm Olein, a derivative of palm oil, is an ingredient in our S-26 GOLD infant formula. We use palm Olein because it is a good soure of palmitic acid, one of the predominant fatty acids found in breastmilk. Palm Olein has been used for many years in infant formulas and is recognized as safe by both international and national health authorities. The composition of infant formula is tightly regulated to ensure it is safe and nutritionally suitable for your baby.

We support our consumers’ right to know what is in their food by ensuring transparency in our communication therefore we continuously ensure to clearly highlight all the ingredients and nutrition information on all our packs.

Q : Should I pressuring my child to eat?
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If adults do not appreciate being forced to eat, what makes it any different with children? Pressuring your child to eat will certainly backfire. If you keep forcing your child, this will disrupt your relationship, and condition your child to be unable to self-regulate during eating time, making it a difficult time for you and your child. Having a steady eating schedule, at least 2 options of healthy foods to choose from, at a time when you know your child is hungry topped with a calm environment makes a great formula for a good eating session.

Q : How can I manage obesity for my children?
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Body weight is related to genetic predispositions as well as eating habits. In order to maximize a healthy lifestyle, start off by understanding that everything in moderation can be part of a healthy diet. There is no need to label foods as good or bad. Everything over-eaten or under-eaten can be damaging to the body. Children are also living in a technology era that can impact obesity. It is important to make efforts to maximize time spent on outdoor or physical activities.

Q : “Again, Again!” why does my two year old always ask me to repeat a story or a game?
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Every encounter a child has with a familiar scenario develops their skills in diverse ways. Reading a story or playing a game once is never enough. With time, they develop skills. With skill development they become more confident and with this confidence, they become more independent! So as many times as it is needed, read or play the same things again and again!

Q : How early should I start potty training?
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This is a tough one with no actual absolute answer because it seems everyone’s experience with their children is different. But 2 facts are clear: 1. Boys take a little longer than girls and 2. Children should have developed certain physical control before being placed on the potty (being able to sit upright and control their head etc…). Your benchmark should be as of 2 years of age. There is no competition to get your child to be the first to be potty trained. So avoid heart ache and pain, and pace yourselves. Hit the potty when you see obvious signs e.g. removing diapers, imitating behaviors of going to potty, asking to change diapers as soon as they are dirty.

Q : My child doesn’t like breaking routines, why?
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The simplest response to this is: Transitions and adaptations are very difficult for young children. Any change therefore, be it major or minor is difficult for young children. You can help children adapt by reminding them their daily schedule, of how many more minutes they have to finish whatever they are doing etc…so that they anticipate and are better prepared for the small transitions.

Q : What do toddlers remember at 12-18 months?
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While a child may not remember exactly what happened during those infant years, since infantile amnesia is in action, studies on children’s memory tend to show that memories that actually do stick are those that are filled with positive or negative emotions. And interestingly, not as stand-alone memories but rather, as a story within a context. This means talking to your child about certain experiences helps with memory retention.

Q : Does it matter or not if I talk to my very young toddler?
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YES it does! Talking to your toddlers is perhaps THE most important thing you can do with your child. Consider how important it is for a baby to be well fed with steady supply of food for healthy development. Similarly, for a healthy brain development, babies need ‘language nutrition’. Research has found that at 3 years of age, the strongest predictor of a child’s language development is the quality of communication and language fluency spoken throughout the first 3 years of life.

Q : Why do young toddlers have difficulty controlling their feelings?
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Learning how to develop self-control is a problem-solving skill that babies have virtually no control over. It is a skill that develops during the first 3 years of a child’s life and on. As skills are learned through interactions with adults, supportive and sensitive guidance from adults, parents and caregivers help them develop self-management skills.

Q : My toddler cries at night. Does she have nightmares?
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Yes! The onset of nightmares is right around a toddler’s age (1-3 years) where children start developing fears, and their imagination is in full gear. This means anything that makes your child anxious, excited or stressed before bedtime may lead to nightmares. These could include potty-training, starting nursery or childcare, hearing a scary story or watching a scary movie.

Q : Does experience (nurture) change the actual structure of the brain?
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Yes! While nature and nurture both play a role in a child’s overall development, nurture can significantly impact the child’s brain structure. In fact, brains scans reveal shocking difference in brain size of a child who has been loved and cared for early on (larger and normal sized brain) as compared to a child who has been severely neglected (smaller brain size with darker spots and fuzzy areas).

Q : When does the brain fully develop?
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The brain never really fully develops. It peaks during the first 3 years and continues on changing until well into the 30’s. If you consider all the learning and adaptation the human has to do throughout life, then there is always new learning that takes place and new skills to be developed.

Q : How much of the brain is developed in the first 60 months?
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Brain development is most active during the first three years of life. In fact, 85% of brain development happens in the first 3 years of life.

Q : What is Wyeth Nutrition?
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For the past 100 years, Wyeth Nutrition has pioneered innovative nutrition science with premium-quality products that meet the needs of infants, young children and adults. Through clinical rigor, scientific research, world-class manufacturing and product safety standards, we deliver scientifically sound solutions that offer parents confidence to help nourish children and support healthy futures, when breastfeeding is not an option. Wyeth Nutrition has a 100 years heritage of IF manufacturing since 1915 when Henry Grestberger manufactured the first formula patterned after breast milk called SMA ( synthetic milk adaptive) since this time WIN is the pioneer in innovation and introducing of new formula which support infant & toddler growth and development across all stages of life

By partnering with mothers, doctors and scientists, we continue to discover and learn what is needed to ensure the best advancement for the health and well-being of future generations.

In 2012 Wyeth Nutrition was acquired by Nestlé SA and operates as part of Nestlé Nutrition.

Q : Where are Wyeth Nutrition products available?
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Depending on the region, please visit your local supermarket or pharmacy.

Q : Are Wyeth Nutrition products gluten free? Or suitable to Celiac Patients?
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If your baby has Celiac disease, we recommend consulting your child’s pediatrician for his advice on choosing the right infant formula for him.

Q : Where are S-26 GOLD products manufactured?
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S-26 GOLD products that are found in the middle east are produced in Wyeth Nutritionals Singapore.

Q : Where is Wyeth Nutrition corporate headquarters?
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Our headquarters are located in Switzerland

Q : How should I store the Milk after opening?
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1. You can store the milk powder in a cool and dry place up to 4 weeks after opening. Please make sure that you close the can tightly after each use.

2. As for prepared milk, we recommend that you only prepare one serving at a time and follow the instructions on the back of the can. Make sure you child consumes the formula immediately. Do not keep any unfinished formula, discard the content.

Q : What are the products of Wyeth Nutrition available in Middle East?
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Below are the range of our products available in the Middle East countries, we highly recommend you seek advice from your child’s pediatrician on what best suits your child’s age and needs.

S-26 PRO GOLD – Stage 400g
S-20 PROMIL GOLD – Stage 2
S-26 PRO KIDS GOLD – Stage 4

Q : Does Wyeth Nutrition Product contain Genetically Modified Ingredients (GMO)?
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Please note that all Wyeth Nutrition products don’t contain Genetically Modified Ingredients.

Q : Do you use Melamine in the infant formula production?
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Please not that all our infant formulas don’t contain Melamine.

Q : S-26 Progress GOLD & S-26 Pro Kids GOLD vs. Cow Milk
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S-26 Progress GOLD

Iron: 36 times the level in cow’s milk

Vitamin D: meets new expert recommendations

Vitamin C: 5 times the level in cow milk

Vitamin E: 8 times the level in cow milk

Only 12.4% of the calories in Progress GOLD are from saturated fat, while in low-fat cow’s milk 18% of the calories is from saturated fat & 32% in whole cow’s milk.

S-26 Pro Kids GOLD

Iron: 57 times the level in cow milk

Vitamin D: Meets new expert recommendations

Vitamin C: 3 times the level in cow milk

Vitamin E: 7 times the level in cow milk

Only 8.4% of the calories in Progress GOLD are from saturated fat, while in low fat cow’s milk 18% of the calories Is from saturated fat & 32% in the whole cow’s milk.

Q : What will S-26 Progress and Pro Kids GOLD provide my kid?
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S-26 Progress and Pro kids GOLD are designed to provide your kids with essentials nutrients required for his/her age to ensure optimum growth and development and to prevent the occurrence of any deficiency e.g Iron deficiency anemia.

Q : When I can start introducing solid food for my baby?
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Most experts agree that weaning should begin sometime between 4 and 6 months of age. Nearly all babies are developmentally ready to sample their first solid foods by then. At this age, baby can sit up, hold up his or her head, and coordinate chewing with swallowing. He or she is also developing the ability to accept smooth foods from a spoon. By 4 to 6 months of age, baby's ability to digest and absorb nutrients is virtually mature. His or her kidneys are also able to handle the extra sodium and extra protein present in some solid foods.

The right time to wean should be determined with the help of your health care professional, who can best evaluate your baby's progress and needs.

Q : What is the proper way to breastfeed my baby?
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We advise you to consult your HCP to provide the needed information – Meanwhile we stress that breastfeeding is the best alternative for infant feeding and the most important aspect is early initiation of breastfeeding just 2-4 hours after delivery as this will stimulate the production of pituitary hormones prolactin & oxytocin) which are essential for milk production. Please get help from the nurse on how to initiate breastfeeding and the suitable position for you and the baby.

Q : When can I switch from first stage to the second and how?
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We highly recommend to consult your child’s pediatrician on what best suits your child’s age and needs.

Q : What I should do if I use a different stage that is not mean for my child’s age?
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For infant formula (Stage 1 & Stage 2)


At WIN we encourage breast feeding as the best alternative for infant feeding as it has a lot of benefits for the growing infant and toddler, for this question please consult your HCP to guide you.

Just to confirm all WIN formula are designed to support growth and functional development of infants and toddlers across all stages of their life.

For Growing up Milk (Stage 3 & Stage 4)

Please use the formula that is suitable for your child’s age.

Stage 3 is for 1-3 years old

Stage 4 is for 3-6 years old

Q : Are probiotics really safe?
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Yes, probiotics are safe. Long term consumption of probiotics by infants and children has been studied thoroughly and their safety has been well documented.

Q : What are the Wyeth Nutrition Milk stages available in the market?
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Kindly note that we strongly recommend breastfeeding as the optimum nutrition for babies, from birth to 6 months. Your baby should rely solely on your breastmilk for his/her nutrition while continuing to breastfeed for at least 1 year or more and up to 2 years.

However, if breastfeeding is not possible, only the pediatrician can advise you on the formula your baby needs & prescribes it to you as each baby has different requirements and needs.

Below are the stages of our Infant Formula:
Stage 1: 0-6 months
Stage 2: 6-12 months

Growing up Milk:
Stage 3: 1-3 years
Stage 4: 3-6 years
Food supplement: 1-10 years

Q : What is the Biofactors System?
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The Biofactors system of integrated nutrition is based on a unique age-appropriate combination of biofactor nutrients and other ingredients that deliver functional benefits to the child. Each formula is designed to support optimal growth and development at a specific stage of life. It is a nutrition system specially designed to ensure your growing child receives nutrients in the right amounts to empower him or her to learn and achieve.



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