News The Pope has given his support to breastfeeding in public

During an interview with an Italian newspaper, the Jesuit Pope used breastfeeding as an analogy for feeding humanity

In 2010 81 per cent of mothers in the UK initially breastfed at birth, an increase from 76 per cent in 2005

Mothers breastfeeding babies for longer with one in three still breastfeeding at six months

Mothers are breastfeeding their babies for longer, with one in three still breastfeeding in some form at six months, according to new figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC).

Breastfeeding dolls for little girls? They're both creepy and sexist

Little girls don't need to "learn how to breastfeed" any more than little boys do. They're far too busy playing

Jools to rescue as Mothercare loses £103m

There were signs of a turnaround at struggling Mothercare yesterday, with partial thanks going to TV chef Jamie Oliver's wife Jools for her Little Bird clothing range.

The woman who breastfeeds her dog

Closer Magazine are to release this week's edition featuring the story of Terri Graham, a 44-year-old mother of two from California - who apparently breastfeeds her dog, Spider.

If the aim is to increase breastfeeding rates, mums should be supported, not scolded

UNICEF research shows that increased breastfeeding rates could save the NHS millions. So why wont the Government offer mothers some practical support?

Many breastfeeding mothers give up when they encounter problems instead of persevering

Breastfeeding boom 'could save NHS £40m a year'

'Breast is best' for keeping children healthy, new figures reveal, but mothers are being let down by a lack of medical support

Many breastfeeding mothers give up when they encounter problems instead of persevering

How women feed babies isn't just about statistics

One-sided accounts of the benefits of breastfeeding create unnecessary anxiety in mothers. The idea that breastfeeding isn't adequately promoted is an illusion

Last night's viewing - Britain in a Day, BBC2

Britain in a Day – filmed by the plain people of Britain and assembled by Morgan Matthews – was, in the nature of its construction, a highly miscellaneous portrait of the nation. On Saturday 12 November last year, anyone who wanted to could film what they were up to that day and upload it to YouTube.

Leading article: Not the way to reach problem parents

Just as there are no easy answers as to how to bring up a child, there are none as regards the role – or not – of the state in providing assistance to parents.

Viv Groskop: Are you Mom enough to stop judging other women's parenting choices?

Time magazine has created a storm with its US cover of a 26-year-old mother breastfeeding her three-year-old son. The provocative coverline? "Are You Mom Enough?" It's an introduction to a whole extravaganza on "attachment parenting" which includes breastfeeding children for as long as possible, banning dummies and letting children share your bed until they beg for their own.

In the United Kingdom, only 1per cent of babies are exclusively breastfedat six months

Women 'pressured' to breastfeed babies

For decades women have been cajoled to breastfeed their babies with slogans such as "breast is best." Now researchers have criticised the approach, saying it is "idealistic" and "sets parents up to fail", and that greater recognition of the multiple demands new parents face would reap greater dividends.

Beyoncé has breastfed her baby in public

Motherhood: I don't think you're ready for this dummy

Beyoncé has breastfed her baby in public... and the world is still turning. Do you, like us, find the ongoing "debate" about the rights and wrongs of mothers nursing their children in restaurants/on buses/anywhere that isn't at home, alone, with the curtains drawn, unfathomable?

Breastfeeding link to unplanned pregnancy

Women who did not plan to get pregnant stop breastfeeding sooner than women who did, researchers said today.

Project Nim (12A)

The release of this documentary by James Marsh (Man on Wire) in the same week as Rise of the Planet of the Apes is wittily timed. It too speaks of caged primates, though its judgement on their captors is far more disturbing.

Album: Soft Hearted Scientists, Wandermoon (The Hip Replacement)

Whimsical psychedelia must be like mother's milk to the Welsh.

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Ferguson: In the heartlands of America, a descent into madness

A descent into madness in America's heartlands

David Usborne arrived in Ferguson, Missouri to be greeted by a scene more redolent of Gaza and Afghanistan
BBC’s filming of raid at Sir Cliff’s home ‘may be result of corruption’

BBC faces corruption allegation over its Sir Cliff police raid coverage

Reporter’s relationship with police under scrutiny as DG is summoned by MPs to explain extensive live broadcast of swoop on singer’s home
Lauded therapist Harley Mille still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Lauded therapist still in limbo as battle to stay in Britain drags on

Australian Harley Miller is as frustrated by court delays as she is with the idiosyncrasies of immigration law
Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world. But could his predictions of war do the same?

Lewis Fry Richardson's weather forecasts changed the world...

But could his predictions of war do the same?
Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs: 'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

'I want to have contact with the audience, not iPhones'

Kate Bush asks fans not to take photos at her London gigs
Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities, but why?

Young at hort

Under-35s have rated gardening in their top five favourite leisure activities. But why are so many people are swapping sweaty clubs for leafy shrubs?
Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award: 'making a quip as funny as possible is an art'

Beyond a joke

Tim Vine, winner of the Funniest Joke of the Fringe award, has nigh-on 200 in his act. So how are they conceived?
The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

The late Peter O'Toole shines in 'Katherine of Alexandria' despite illness

Sadly though, the Lawrence of Arabia star is not around to lend his own critique
Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire: The joy of camping in a wetland nature reserve and sleeping under the stars

A wild night out

Wicken Fen in Cambridgeshire offers a rare chance to camp in a wetland nature reserve
Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition: It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans

Comic Sans for Cancer exhibition

It’s the font that’s openly ridiculed for its jaunty style, but figures of fun have their fans
Besiktas vs Arsenal: Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie

Besiktas vs Arsenal

Five things we learnt from the Champions League first-leg tie
Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

Rory McIlroy a smash hit on the US talk show circuit

As the Northern Irishman prepares for the Barclays, he finds time to appear on TV in the States, where he’s now such a global superstar that he needs no introduction
Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to Formula One

Boy racer Max Verstappen stays relaxed over step up to F1

The 16-year-old will become the sport’s youngest-ever driver when he makes his debut for Toro Rosso next season
Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

Fear brings the enemies of Isis together at last

But belated attempts to unite will be to no avail if the Sunni caliphate remains strong in Syria, says Patrick Cockburn
Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I would end up killing myself in jail'

Charlie Gilmour: 'I wondered if I'd end up killing myself in jail'

Following last week's report on prison suicides, the former inmate asks how much progress we have made in the 50 years since the abolition of capital punishment