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

Hospital admits baby mix-up blunder



Staff at an Australian hospital accidentally mixed up two newborns and gave them to the wrong mothers, who breast-fed the infants before the mistake was caught, the hospital said today.

New mother breastfeeding rates rise

The number of new mothers who start breastfeeding is on the rise, figures show.

Campaigners livid as Whitehall axes Breastfeeding Week

Critics say move may undo years of work, just as message on benefits of mothers' milk gets through

Breast-fed infants 'better behaved'

Breast-fed babies grow into better behaved and more emotionally stable children than those that are bottle fed, a study has shown.

At Last, By Edward St Aubyn

The fifth and final part of Patrick's story is set on the day of his mother's cremation and, as ever, is a beguiling blend of wit, intellect and compassion

Bibliotherapy: A new chapter

Reading is helping couples to reconnect through sharing some well-chosen books. Rebecca Hardy discovers that reading out loud is just the literary fix her strained relationship needs

Other mums are the word when it comes to baby tips

For advice and moral support in the early days, turn to those who've been there already, says Kate Hilpern

Breastfeeding: Forced feeding

Everyone agrees breastfeeding is best for babies – but vulnerable new mothers are being bullied into it. Anne Wollenberg finds some disturbing evidence

MP calls for pre-school intervention for vulnerable

Too few people understand the work involved in bringing up a baby and should be given more information on raising children, a Government-commissioned review has concluded.

New breastfeeding advice leaves mothers angry and confused

Mothers beseiged internet forums and radio phone-ins yesterday to express their frustration at the latest scientific controversy about breastfeeding.

Too much breastfeeding 'puts children off greens'

If you want your child to eat their greens, do not continue with exclusive breast feeding for too long, child health experts say today.

Facebook stirs up another row with nursing mothers

Social networking giant deletes popular support page because of pictures of breastfeeding

Australia's new batting line-up

It's not only humans who are suffering due to the recent floods in Australia. Some 130 orphaned bats have been found on the Gold Coast during the storm season.

Leading article: A nudge that may do little to help women

That Britain is not a child or baby-friendly society by European standards is an oft-heard complaint with a good deal of justice to it. The hostility still evinced towards mothers who breastfeed babies in public, for example, compares unfavourably to the much more relaxed approach that our continental neighbours adopt towards this most natural human activity.

Breastfeeding at work promoted

Companies should help new mothers to return to work by providing them with breastfeeding facilities or by allowing them to bring their babies to work, the Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, said at the weekend. He is urging firms to set up areas where they can breastfeed and to supply fridges or cool-boxes to store expressed milk.

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Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

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