Yes. I do think formula should be prescription only for babies under 6 months. A lot of mothers give up breast feeding in the early months due to the challenges and formula being so readily available makes it easier for the mother to give up trying. However for this change to happen, our governments will need to actually support breastfeeding. Paid maternity leave, free and easy access to quality lactation support, home visits until the breast feeding relationship is established by the same consultant so that the poor mother has consistent advice and expert support.
I say 6 months because we do live in a modern world and many mothers do have to return to work unfortunately. Ideally the return from work should not affect the breast feeding relationship, but in reality baby is probably going to need bottles of milk and not all women can pump an adequate amount of milk for a full feed. I would love to see more milk banks for these situations, but I can see how some people may not feel comfortable accepting another woman's milk or may not live close enough to get access to donor milk.
I would love to see all babies exclusively breast feed for at least the first 6 months, that way if a bottle is introduced after that point a very strong breast feeding relationship would have been established making nipple confusion and breast refusal less of a risk.
A very sensitive topic for sure, but we really do as a society need to work on normalising and supporting breastfeeding mothers.