Burp Baby

Baby Not Burping?

After breastfeeding, you should try to burp baby. If your baby does not burp after 10 minutes, then baby most likely does not have a wind. After drinking from each breast, try to burp baby. If your baby spits up a lot, you should burp baby more often.

Babies that are breastfed, swallow less air than bottle fed babies since they can control the rhythm of breastfeeding and have coordinated breathing and swallowing. Most breastfed babies do not need burping at all. Some babies might need to be burped more often than once; other babies only need to be burped once after each feeding.

When baby swallows too much air, it can lead to a cranky, gassy and vomiting baby. (Read more about handling a gassy baby here) To ensure baby is more comfortable, try to remove trapped wind from the tummy. This is why it is important to know how to burp baby.

To burp a baby you will need to gently pat baby on the back and put some pressure on the tummy area.

Different Positions to Burp a Baby

* Hold baby with chest and tummy against your shoulder, with one hand supporting baby's bottom while the other hand rhythmically pats the back. Place a burping cloth or towel over your shoulder. This is the best position for burping newborns.

* Place baby tummy-down across your lap. Make sure that baby’s head is well supported. Also make sure you have a burp cloth under baby in case baby spits up.

* Burp baby while baby is sitting up on your leg, leaning forward with your hand under baby’s chin for support, while the other hand pats baby gently on the back.

Baby Burping Techniques

* If your baby becomes restless or fussy during a breastfeeding session, it could be a sign that baby needs to be burped.

* Try not to feed baby when baby is overexcited; baby will be more likely to swallow air.

* Try burping a baby every five minutes during feeding; this will help keep baby breastfeeding longer.

* Try the different burping positions; your baby might just burp better with one position than the other.

* Massaging baby's belly will also help with winds. (Read more on baby massage here)

* Walking while burping your baby will also help get rid of the winds and helps calm baby.

* Breastfeeding mothers can avoid their babies from swallowing air by keeping them in an upright position (45 degree angle).

* Flexing baby’s knees up against baby’s chest will help relieve burps and also helps for relieving flatulence.

When to Stop Burping Baby

After about the age of 5 months, most babies do not need to be burped anymore.

Night Time Burping

Keep baby as calm as possible before bedtime. Most of the time at night, babies do not need to be burped as they suck much slower and therefore swallow less air.

Knowing when and how to burp your baby will come naturally as time goes by; this comes with mother and baby getting to know one another.


Other pages on “breastfeeding problems” in connection with burping babies

- Breastfeeding diet guidelines

- Understanding why babies cry

- Swaddle your baby

- Inspirational breastfeeding stories

- Breastfeeding and colic

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