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How To Burp A Baby

 

Feeding your little one is an experience in itself! As burping is an essential part of feeding your baby, there are several ways to get this job done.

 

Burping is an essential activity after feeding. When babies feed on formula milk or mother’s milk, they swallow a lot of air. If your baby has not burped perfectly, the little air bubbles inside his little tummy can upset him and can cause crankiness, spitting up and gassiness. Hence, frequent burping between and after feeding is important, even when your baby does not need to.

 

Burping A Breastfeeding Baby Vs A Bottle-Fed Baby:

 

Babies feeding on mother’s milk typically do not have to burp as often as bottle-fed babies. Bottle-fed babies tend to suck in a lot of air. Bottle allows faster milk-flow which forces babies to gulp down air between closely spaced gulps. Babies feeding on their mothers have much controlled milk-flow and thus, they suck in a slower rhythm which gives way for proper swallowing and breathing coordination.

 

Methods to Burp Your Baby

 

Burping a baby is not an easy task. Sometimes, feeding can be a frightening experience for new parents. Don’t worry; we are here to help you learn more! The first lesson is – Always remember to burp a baby after every feeding session.

 

There are generally three types of burping methods and you can experiment whichever is most comfortable and effective. You can try out any of the following methods:

 

  1. Sit & Burp:

Sit straight and hold your baby against your chest, resting his chin on your shoulder. Support your baby with one hand and rub him back with another. This will relieve him off his trapped air bubbles inside his stomach.

This method can be tried in another way too. Bring your baby farther up on your shoulder, so that his tummy is little pressed with your shoulders, rub his back slowly. This would create a gentle pressure on his stomach and will help the burp out.

If you are trying out the alternate method, make sure your baby is able to breathe comfortably. Best is to apply this burping method while sitting in front of a mirror, as your baby will have comfort over neck and head.

 

  1. Burp on Lap:

Place your baby carefully on your lap while providing support to your baby’s chest and hand with your one hand. Lightly grip your baby’s jaw in your other hand’s palm, make sure your hand is placed in such a way that it both cradles your baby as well as supports his chest. You must be careful while gripping your little one’s chin, not the throat! Pat your baby’s back gently with your other hand.

This will help him relieve off his gas. Be prepared with the burping cloth or a bib over your lap to catch any spit-up.

 

  1. Face Down Burping:

Sit upright and place your little one over your legs; he must now be lying perpendicular to your body and across your knees. While giving support to his jaw and chin with your one hand, gently rub his back with your other hand.

Be sure your baby’s head is not lower than the rest of his body, it should be raised around 45 degrees. In this method too, you must put a burping cloth over your legs to save yourself from the mess created by any spit-up.

 

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