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During an interview with an Italian newspaper, the Jesuit Pope used breastfeeding as an analogy for feeding humanity

Letter: Babies at risk from dioxins

Sir: It has been known for many years that PCBs and dioxins are widespread in our diet and are concentrated in human milk as well as in cows' milk (Briefing, 15 May) and that they take a long time to decay, probably over 10 years.

Letter: Childbirth trust relies on volunteers

Sir: The letter from Diana Winstanley (10 May) accuses the National Childbirth Trust of having become "an increasingly top-heavy centralised operation".

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Letter: NCT must remain free from commercial interests

Sir: It is heartbreaking to watch the NCT be torn apart when it has provided more support for parents through childbirth and early years than any other organisation ("NCT in crisis over Sainsbury sponsorship", 6 May). After all there is only so much an overburdened NHS can do and the NCT has worked hand in hand with the NHS to create more choice in childbirth and make it a better experience.

Letter: Purist anger over formula milk

Purist anger over formula milk

NCT in crisis over Sainsbury sponsorship

It was the driving force behind the transformation of modern childbirth - deep-breathing exercises and breast-feeding instead of epidurals and infant formula.

Your granny should know

Grandparents have to tread a fine line between offering support and interfering. Now a new national network plans to help them get it right. Nicola Swanborough reports

Schizophrenia antidote in breast milk

Children fed on mothers' milk have a ten-point IQ headstart over bottle-fed babies, according to a psychiatric survey today. Those who missed out are not only less bright than they would have been, they are quieter, more withdrawn and make fewer friends at school, the research indicates. They also appear to be at higher risk of developing schizophrenia in later life.

Letter: What a prude!

Sir: Defecating, urinating and copulating are indeed as natural as breast-feeding (letter, 25 March), but for John Collier to try and justify his shameful prudishness by judging them as one and the same is ridiculous.

Letter: Babies on trains: Branson's pledge

Sir: Breast-feeding is an absolutely natural act (letters, 19, 20, 21, 22 March). So are defecating, urinating and copulating. In certain parts of the world, witnessing any or all of these normal functions might be neither extraordinary nor offensive but, for example, in the UK a man openly urinating in public would be liable to arrest.

Letter: Intimidation on the train

Sir: What a perverted society we live in when a young woman is castigated for breast-feeding her baby on a train, yet other young women are paid large sums of money for displaying their over-developed mammary glands on the third page of a popular daily paper!

Letter: Train ban on breast-feeding

Train ban on breast-feeding

How the udder half lives

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Letter: Bottle-fed, but still eats his greens

Sir: I have always thought there was something a little odd about my 14-year-old son. Reading your newspaper has enlightened me: he likes all vegetables except parsnips, and activities such as Combined Cadet Force field days are meat and drink to him. I fear for his future - will he be a social outcast?

Letter: Decline in Reading Standards

Sir: If there is a decline in the reading standards of children of primary-school age ("Reading standards at low point", 27 January), the reasons are, to me, obvious - if politically distasteful.
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