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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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