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

Europe tightens 'gender bender' chemical rules

Europe has tightened controls on a "gender bender" chemical present in food and drinks which has been linked to breast cancer, fertility problems and other illnesses.

Gisele: mothers should be forced to breastfeed

Gisele Bundchen, the Brazilian supermodel, has called for mothers to be forced to breastfeed for the first six months of their baby's life.

Denise Van Outen reveals breastfeeding anxieties

Actress and presenter Denise Van Outen has admitted that she gave up breastfeeding after less than a month.

Anti-breastfeeding article prompts fury

An article describing breastfeeding as "creepy", written by an editor of a parenting magazine, has provoked outrage and been reported to the Press Complaints Commission.

Group calls for end to 'breast is best' slogan

Health campaigners called today for the "breast is best" message to be changed after research suggested it may be failing to convince new mothers.

Oliver James: It's all about you

The ultimate question of parenting: how to ensure your baby has a happy childhood. And the answer the flamboyant psychologist Oliver James has come up with? Selfishly enough, it's working out what you want to get out of the experience...

Richard Sharpe: Let common sense guide you in the saga of bisphenol A

I am not a die-hard 'chemicals are safe' man, by any means

Jerome Taylor: Mothers confused by mixed messages on BPA risks

Many mothers who are concerned about the presence of BPA in baby bottles are confused about the evidence and would like clearer guidance from the Government.

Boots vows to phase out baby bottles containing chemical

Boots said yesterday it would phase out baby bottles containing BPA within "a few weeks".

Baby slings recalled amid safety fears

Two baby slings sold in the UK are being recalled in the US and Canada following claims linking them to three infant deaths.

'Humiliated' mother forced off bus for breastfeeding

A bus company apologised today after a "humiliated" young mother was told to get off a bus in the rain because she was breastfeeding.

Complaints over GMTV breastfeeding debate comments

Ofcom is looking into complaints after a midwife suggested during a TV debate that breast milk may not be any better for older children than drinking cola.

We need more health visitors, minister told

Children's Secretary Ed Balls came under pressure over health visitor numbers today as the Tories and Labour embarked on a battle over family values.

Stem cells could be the secret reason why breast is best

Scientist says mother's milk may play vital role in helping children 'fulfil their genetic destiny'
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