MIDWIFERY training in Southampton has won an international award for its success in helping mums to breastfeed.

The UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative has given the University of Southampton a Certificate of Commitment for the high levels of training in breastfeeding provided to students on its midwifery and health visiting courses.

It recognises that the university is dedicated to high standards in training.

Sue Faulds, who leads the graduate nursing and midwifery programme at the university, said: “We know that many women give up breastfeeding before they want to because of diff iculties which could have been prevented if skilled help had been on hand.

“By ensuring our students are fully trained in how to help a mother breastfeed her child, more women will be able to breastfeed their babies for longer.”