The new reg­u­la­tion needs to be bet­ter pro­moted

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var­i­ous brands. How­ever, those whose baby drinks for­mula from birth will try their best to find the safest and most nu­tri­tious brand.

My son was breast­fed for the first 10 months. Af­ter I re­turned to work, I switched to bot­tle-feed­ing com­bined with food sup­ple­ments.

Be­fore mak­ing the de­ci­sion, I re­searched the in­gre­di­ents of var­i­ous for­mu­las and as­sessed dif­fer­ent brands’ rep­u­ta­tions among moth­ers and from com­ments on the in­ter­net. Even­tu­ally, I chose Ap­tamil, which is made in Ger­many, from a cross-bor­der e-com­merce app called Meitun. Gan­lai, my 1-year-old son, has adapted to it very well.

Gen­er­ally speak­ing, af­ter par­ents find the most ap­pro­pri­ate for­mula for their baby, they won’t risk try­ing a dif­fer­ent brand be­cause the change may cause prob­lems to their baby’s sen­si­tive, im­ma­ture di­ges­tive sys­tem.

Also, both moth­ers and fa­thers need to work nowa­days, and as most of them are their fam­ily’s only child they don’t have a brother or sis­ter to share the bur­den of tak­ing care of their el­derly par­ents. With both par­ents and a child to care for, it could be very costly if their baby gets sick.

It’s hard to change peo­ple’s at­ti­tudes to the for­mula milk mar­ket. I think the gov­ern­ment should find a more ef­fi­cient way of pub­li­ciz­ing the new reg­u­la­tion. Af­ter all, how many peo­ple will visit the food and drug ad­min­is­tra­tion’s of­fi­cial web­site and read about the reg­u­la­tion?

Zhang spoke with Li Hongyang.

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