No I don't think it's a good substitute for breastmilk. Frankly I'm really shocked that so many posts in this forum defend the product. Formula use carries serious risks to both mother and child. Formula is neither the same as, nor just as good as, breastmilk. Therefore it is deficient, incomplete, and inferior. That's a statement of fact.
I think the mothers who had no choice (or maybe got formula thrown at them instead of help?) but to feed formula deserved a much, much better alternative. Denying the truth to make people feel better only helps to perpetuate the problem. Some might think it's helping or being diplomatic but I think it's part of the problem not the solution.
I'm really shocked by the fact that I have encountered so many posts that seem to be perpetuating the cultural myths that hinder rather than help to promote a breastfeeding culture. Very strange and disappointing.
I find it strange and disappointing that people like you are unable to give people a break and have a little compassion and understanding that others are likely doing the best they can with their situation. Everyone you cross is fighting their own battles and just because YOUR battles are not ones they share, you find them unworthy of your friendship? Can't say I would be be too disappointed if you didn't want to be my friend. You don't come off as very kind or compassionate.
Having a strong belief does not require you to be so militant and angry. If you soften your delivery, more people might be open to your message.