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How to Burp Your Baby

Allison Hutton


When your baby eats, he may need a bit of help getting rid of air bubbles ingested while feeding. Air bubbles in baby's stomach can cause gas pain and bloating, so burping baby during and after a feeding is the best way to keep him comfortable.

If you are breastfeeding, it is best to burp baby after he's finished nursing on one breast, and before he starts on the other. If you are bottle-feeding, you should try to burp baby after he's taken in 3-5 ounces.

There are three popular methods to burping. The first, and most common, is over the shoulder. Holding baby against your chest, with his chin above your shoulder, gently pat or rub his back. Usually, this will initiate a burp within seconds. A second method of burping is to sit baby on your lap, lean him forward just a bit (supporting his chest with one hand), and gently pat or rub his back. Finally, you may lay baby on his stomach on your lap, and pat or rub his back. Keep in mind that not all babies need to burp, and some may burp just fine on their own. As you and baby get to know each other, you become attuned to his needs and wants. Until then, just do what you feel is right. If baby appears overly fussy or uncomfortable during or after a feeding, check with your doctor. There may be issues at hand dealing with lactose intolerance, or the type of formula baby is taking.

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