Updated guidelines by the US Preventative Services Task Force reommend that healthcare providers intervene during pregnancy and after childbirth to encourage mothers to breastfeed their babies.
They cite medical reasons to back this recommendation that we have heard before:
“Breastfeeding offers major health benefits to both infants and mothers, according to background information in the news release. Breastfed babies have fewer infections and allergic skin reactions than formula-fed babies and are also less likely to fall victim to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). IN the long-term, children who were breastfed are less likely to develop asthma, diabetes, obesity and childhood leukemia.
Women who breastfed were less likely than those who never breastfed to develop type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.
Furthermore they state:
“In rare instances involving health issues such as HIV infection or galactosemia, they said, breastfeeding should not be encouraged.”
Note that no where do they mention severe postpartum depression as a potential exception to this global recommendation…