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

Breast milk reduces obesity

BREAST-FEEDING prevents babies growing up fat, according to new research. Promoting breast-feeding may therefore be a simple strategy for tackling obesity - the fastest-growing health problem in Western industrialised countries.

New study into tainted breast milk is launched

THE DEPARTMENT of Health yesterday urged mothers to continue breast- feeding their babies despite a report which found as many as 350 pollutants in breast-milk.

More than 350 pollutants found in breast milk

MORE THAN 350 contaminants have been found in breast milk. They include chemicals from perfumes, suntan oil, and dry-cleaning fluids, as well as pesticides and industrial raw materials, some of which cause cancer, impair the immune system and disrupt sex hormones.

Letter: Breast is still best

Sir: It is misleading to imply that "enriched" formula milk may be as good as breast-feeding ("Brain food for babies", 2 February). There is no research to suggest this.

Health: Brain food for babies

Breast-feeding may not be the only way to ensure good health and high IQ.

Film: The riddle of the minx

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Real Living: Someone to hold your hand

Pregnant women no longer have mothers and sisters on call. But they do have doulas. Hester Lacey meets the new birth partners

Older parents aid vocabulary

CHILDREN BORN to older mothers have a bigger vocabulary by the age of four, according to a study published today.

Letter: ... feed them

Sir: I would certainly rather Michael Stone did not eat his meat and two veg or his foil-wrapped sandwiches and packet of crisps next to me in the library, but I have no problem with him having a drink of milk.

Labour Conference: Anger at `cave-in' to baby milk firm

RENEWED CLAIMS that big business had a stranglehold over this year's conference surfaced yesterday after organisers pulled down posters attacking the food company Nestle for its baby milk policy.

What price perfection, and what size?

A new book traces the breast's changing shape from `little balls of ivory' beloved in the Renaissance to the late 20th century's pneumatic grapefruits

Formula milk `can set back babies'

BABIES MAY suffer early impairment of their intelligence if, for their first four months, they are fed infant formula that lacks an ingredient found in breast milk, say British scientists.

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What do these people have in common? All have been accused of the worst crime a woman can commit: that of failing to live up to the ideal of the perfect mother. In the first part of an exclusive serialisation of her new book, Aminatta Forna argues that, when it comes to motherhood, women have nothing to lose but their chains

Warning to mothers over nut allergy

PREGNANT AND breast-feeding women were yesterday warned not to eat peanuts if they or their immediate families suffered allergies, amid fears for their babies' lives.

Some men do plenty more than their share

In 'The Independent' this month a young mother complained that her working partner wasn't doing his bit at home. Hang on, says Stephen Cox, who works part-time and cares for his baby son, it's not like that at our house
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