How To Burp A Newborn : Step-By-Step Guide

How To Burp A Newborn: Step-By-Step Guide

Burping is an important part of the feeding process. Babies swallow some air while feeding and the air in baby's tummy can make your baby gassy or uncomfortable. So, burping your baby after feeding is essential to bring up excess swallowed air. Sometimes babies burp on their own but sometimes you need to burp your baby by trying different burping positions. Babies need to burp as their digestive systems are still developing.

Tips to burp a newborn - step by step guide

How To Burp A Baby?

Here are the three burping methods. Find out the one which is effective and comfortable for both you and your little one.

Burping Methods:

Try any of the following burping methods to burp your baby after feeding:

1. On your Shoulder

  • Put a cloth bib over your shoulder to protect your cloth from spit-up.
  • Sit upright and hold your baby up to your chest.
  • Hold your baby against your chest and rest your baby's chin on your shoulder.
  • Support your baby's bottom with one hand.
  • Gently rub or pat your baby's back with the other hand.

2. Sitting baby on lap

  • Put a cloth bib over your lap to protect your cloth from spit-up.
  • Sit your baby on your lap.
  • Lean your baby slightly forward against one of your hands and support your baby's chin and chest.
  • Gently rub or pat your baby's back with the other hand.

Face Down on your lap

  • Put a cloth bib over your lap to protect your cloth from spit-up.
  • Lay your baby's face down on your legs.
  • Support baby's chin and jaw with your one hand.
  • Gently rub or pat your baby's back with the other hand.

How often to burp a baby?

It depends on how much air the baby swallowed during feeding. Some baby needs to burp after every feeding while some babies don't need burping that often.

When to burp your baby?

Burp your baby immediately after feeding. Follow these tips to know that your baby needs a burp:

For Breastfeeding Babies:

Try to burp your baby when you switch from one breast to the other during the feeding process.

For Bottle-Fed Babies:

Try to burp your baby after every ounce of bottle feed. After feeding every 60-90 ml milk try to burp your baby.

Tips on burping your baby

The tips on burping your baby are:
  • Burp your baby when he/she seems gassy or uncomfortable.
  • Bottle-fed babies need to burp more often as they swallow more air than breastfed babies during feeding.
  • If your baby seems comfortable then don't force your baby to burp as it may lead to discomfort which causes your baby to cry.
  • If your baby doesn't get a burp after a few minutes try a different position. If that position does not work and your baby still doesn't burp then it's better to stop and you don't need to worry. It means that your baby may not need to burp. 
  • Gently rub or pat your baby's back during the burping process.  
  • Spit up from the baby's mouth during burping is normal.

What to do if the baby spits up during the burping process?

The burping process can trigger spitting up a little formula or breast milk which is quite normal. Follow these tips if your baby spits up during the burping process:
  • Overfeeding also causes spitting up. Don't overfeed your baby.
  • Burp your baby in the right position.
  • Gently rub your baby's back while burping.
  • Don't use a smaller or larger nipple hole for bottle-fed babies.

If your baby seems gassy but is feeding well then it's not a cause of concern. You should consult your doctor if your baby has excessive gassiness, fever, or diarrhea. 

Congratulations on the arrival of your little munchkin. Enjoy the roller coaster ride of parenthood. May God bless all of you.

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