Every new mother has wondered about how to burp a baby properly. In fact, being a first-time mom is fraught with burping-related questions: What if my baby won’t burp after feeding? How can I get my baby to burp? Below, we’ll answer these questions and more! Additionally, we’ll provide some advice from the get-go: If the baby won’t burp, it probably doesn’t need to. If it does, there are three burping positions every new mother can try.
How to Burp a Baby: 3 Different Ways
In This Article:
- The Importance of Burping a Baby
- 1. Chest Burping
- 2. Sitting on Your Lap
- 3. Lying on Your Lap
- When Do Babies Need to Be Burped?
- Bottle-fed vs. Breastfed: Does It Make a Difference?
The Importance of Burping a Baby
Feeding time is a scientifically-backed way for you and your baby to bond. However, as they feed, small pockets of air can get trapped in their stomach which can make them feel uncomfortable and uneasy. You can help your baby release excess air by helping them burp. There are three ways you can do this.
1. Chest Burping
Hold your baby so his or her chin is on your shoulder. Make sure your hand is on your baby’s neck and shoulders, just in case they decide to stretch or arch. With your other hand, carefully pat the baby’s back.
2. Sitting on Your Lap
Here’s how to burp a baby while they’re sitting on your lap: Prop your baby up facing away from you and with one hand wrapped around them. Remember, your fingers should be supporting their neck and jaw, away from the throat. Use your other hand to pat or rub the baby’s back.
3. Lying on Your Lap
Sit on a chair and lay your baby face down on your legs. Support your baby’s neck and jaw with one hand, and pat their back with your other hand.
When Do Babies Need to Be Burped?
While it’s true that babies need to burp right after a feeding session, it’s also a good idea to burp them in the middle of a long session. This frees up more tummy space if your baby wants to eat some more.
However, there’s no need to burp your baby if they look content or fall asleep after a feeding. It is only when they start crying or seem fidgety or uncomfortable that a burping might be in order.
Bottle-fed vs. Breastfed: Does It Make a Difference?
In general, bottle-fed babies need more burping than breastfed babies do, as they tend to swallow more air. Breastfed babies can adjust their milk intake by shifting their sucking patterns. Bottle-fed babies, on the other hand, don’t have as much control. Their intake is regulated by the size of the hole on the bottle and the angle of the feeding.
Mothers who have an overabundant supply of milk may also need to burp their babies more often because the baby gulps in more air as they try to keep up with the flow of milk. If you’re a mom with a strong milk flow, try smaller feedings at more frequent intervals, if possible.
Need a video demonstration of how to burp a baby? Watch this video by NYU Langone Health below:
Burping a baby may be daunting, especially if you’re a first-time mother. However, with these tips, you’ll be able to burp your baby in no time and with no stress.
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