SCORES of breastfeeding mums enjoyed a picnic in a Southampton park to promote a national awareness week.

Solent NHS trust and the city' Sure Start Children's Centres have been encouraging people to get involved in the event to normalise the act of breastfeeding.

There was free support and advice available and mums, babies, toddlers and children tucked into their lunch at Southampton Common.

Rosie Wilson of the National Childbirth Trust said: "The Picnic in the Park allowed us to show in numbers our support for breastfeeding.

"It was a brilliant chance for mums to come along with their sandwiches and share their experiences and celebrate breastfeeding and its many benefits.

"We wanted to get people talking about breastfeeding and these events are a great way of spreading the word about the benefits of breastfeeding, as well as being a great chance to let mums know there is lots of help and support out there for them if they need it."