What are people’s views on their children drinking formula? I don’t mean as an alternative to breastfeeding (there are other threads which talk about that), but for older kids after weaning? This seems to be quite a difference in diet between westerners and Taiwanese.
It seems most Taiwanese kids drink formula for many years (I’m sure i’ve seen formula advertised aimed at up to 10-year-olds) - and the formula is specifically designed for their needs. Of course the manufacturers claim there are all sorts of nutrients in there that a young kid needs. Also, one factor is that the vast majority of Chinese are lactose intolerant, so there’s no culture of milk-drinking here, and it’s partly a milk substitute.
My basic assumption was that, once you’ve gone through the weaning process, your kids generally move to eating the same food as you (within reason, obviously) - and so continuing with formula seems a bit weird. However, when challenged by my wife as to why I wasn’t keen on supplementing his diet with formula, I couldn’t think of any good reason.
So which is it? Are the formula companies exploiting the Taiwanese obsession with having a bigger/taller kid than their next-door-neighbour, or is it a healthy addition to a normal diet?