Who sleeps better breastfed babies or formula fed babies?

Neither, according to a new study conducted by researchers at the West Virginia University in Morgantown who studied 80 new mothers sleep quality. Moms are often told that formula feeding will help a baby sleep longer.

The idea is that babies’ tummies will be fuller after having a bottle of formula; therefore, they will sleep better and longer. However, the research shows otherwise. ABC News reports that moms of formula fed babies did not sleep any better than moms of breastfed babies. 

The AAP added that “efforts to encourage women to breastfeed, as currently endorsed enthusiastically by the American Academy of Pediatrics, should include information about sleep.”

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