Does your baby really need formula milk?

Read what the experts have to say about the nutrients found in formula milk…

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Goh Yeen Shan has been religiously buying formula milk in bulk for the last 18 months ― she estimates that she spends about $250 a month on this purchase.

Her son, Elliot, who just turned 2, takes three to four 180ml bottles a day. “I breastfed him till he was 6 months old, and he has been on formula milk since then,” says Goh.

“The most cost-effective way is to buy in bulk. I buy six tins at a go at a discounted price at a medical hall,” she adds. While it’s costly, Goh says that she believes it is nutritious, and that “since [she] can still afford it, why not?”

Goh is not the only parent sticking to formula milk, even as her child leaves infanthood.

He believes that the [formula] milk contributes to her overall well-being, especially her good immune system.

Corey Sta Maria’s 5-year-old daughter takes formula milk twice a day, before breakfast and after dinner. He believes that the milk contributes to her overall well-being, especially her good immune system.

“She has her milk alongside her meals, and it’s convenient, because she may not finish her food and we don’t know whether she’s getting enough nutrients,” said that 44-year-old sports marketer, who added he was not sure if he would continue to give her milk after she turns 6 in November.

His younger daughter, who is just over 2 years old, also drinks formula milk three times a day.

He continues to give them milk after a little experiment showed they did not like fresh cow’s milk, which nutritionists recommend after 12 months.

To save on costs, his family drives over to Johor Baru, Malaysia, to stock up on their supply of formula milk ― which brings about savings of $20 to $30 a tin. They settled on a particular brand of milk after extensive research on its benefits and reviews from other parents.