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

Baby milk rules `being flouted'

"COMPELLING" evidence that the international code on baby milk is being widely violated is revealed this week in the British Medical Journal.

Science: Medical advances under threat from patients who sue

`Mother sues over breast implants that left baby ill' said the weekend headlines about a British case. But scientists and doctors from the US say fears of lawsuits are leading health companies to shy away from providing new, useful technologies. Who loses? You, the patient - especially if you are female. Charles Arthur, Science Editor, investigates.

Mother's silicone fight

Campaigners fighting to ban silicone breast implants have welcomed legal action being taken by a mother who says her implants poisoned her baby.

Infants: Tests show breast milk is best

Babies who are breast fed and not given solid food too early turn out leaner, less prone to lung problems and with lower blood pressure, says research published yesterday in the British Medical Journal. The study of 545 children aged six to 10 in Dundee strongly confirmed the health benefits of mother's milk and infant feeding guidelines.

Say no to food on the go

To the dangers of drivers chatting on their mobile phones has been added another threat - the munching motorist.

Shopping: NCT resolves row over Sainsbury deal

The National Childbirth Trust, which has been involved in a long- running dispute between members over sponsorship by Sainsbury's, has now changed its mind and decided it cannot, after all, accept the deal.

After hours childcare solves missing link

Seven early-year centres around the country yesterday became the first to join a flagship Government scheme to end the divide between nursery schooling and childcare. Lucy Ward, Education Correspondent, visited one of the pioneering "one-stop shops."

Health: I'd had enough of tears before bedtime

Kathryn Ogg suspected that her newborn baby's screaming was not entirely due to colic. Thanks to her health visitor, she uncovered a problem that is surprisingly common in breastfed infants.

Health: The NCT's provisional wing

A new organisation for breastfeeding counsellors is launched today. Its members aim to give independent advice to pregnant women in contrast, they claim, to the National Childbirth Trust from which they resigned two months ago over the charity's decision to accept sponsorship from the Sainsbury supermarket chain. Louise Jury examines why the rival body has been set up.

Why babies must come before business

In its annual report 'The Progress of Nations' Unicef ranks countries according to their progress on human rights, health and welfare. The Right Reverend Barrington Ward unleashed an attack on the sale of formula milk for the feeding of babies

Feeding frenzy

Breast is best, but not at Wandsworth council meetings. When Councillor Kate Prichard began feeding her son Owen, Mayor Tina Thompson told her to leave. So much for mothers at work.

Flak for Sainsbury's in battle of the breast

Around 40 breast-feeding counsellors resigned in tears from the National Childbirth Trust yesterday after the charity voted to accept sponsorship from Sainsbury's, which sells its own baby milk substitute.

Letter: Falling dioxins in cod liver oil

Sir: You published material taken from a press announcement issued by Friends of the Earth (report, 16 June), giving credibility to damaging claims about cod liver oil.

Letter: Burn away the dioxin threat

Sir: As a pregnant woman it is hard to express the confusion and despondency I face knowing that my diligent efforts to breast-feed my newborn baby will deliver to him alarming levels of dioxins and PCBs, both known carcinogens and hormone disrupters.

Health: A scare at feeding time

In national breast-feeding awareness week, Anya Sitaram describes how her first attempts led her new-born baby straight to special care
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Jon Stewart: The voice of Democrats who felt Obama had failed to deliver on his 'Yes We Can' slogan, and the voter he tried hardest to keep onside

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Outgoing The Daily Show host, Jon Stewart, became the voice of Democrats who felt the President had failed to deliver on his ‘Yes We Can’ slogan. Tim Walker charts the ups and downs of their 10-year relationship on screen