I have a young child and like many parents we’re supplementing her diet with formula. Now I know that opinions on breastfeeding can get heated so I want to make this clear: this question is purely regarding vegan options, considering that it is not always possible to breastfeed for health reasons. Formula is often recommended by health professionals.
Is giving formula to children permitted for vegans? It is an exception such as giving animal products to their pets but not consuming them yourself.
What viable alternatives are there? While many people have the option to breastfeed, others do not. When considering a society in the future where veganism is widely practiced and it is difficult to purchase animal products, what options would these people have?
It is scientifically proven that cow and human milk contain different micronutrients and proteins that are essential to the health of the baby, their immune system, and their microflora. Children without this nutrition could have long-term health issues. Considering that many people practice veganism for ethical reasons, is it ethical to deprive your child of the nutrition that they need in order to avoid animal products?