As a new parent, there are so many things to learn! It can be frustrating and overwhelming at times. Small meals with more frequency, as well as burping, is particularly good for babies who have a tendency to spit up, or are showing signs gastro esophageal reflux disease (GERD).
Babies do not have to burp after each and every feeding. Those babies which have been breastfed do not have to be burped as often as their bottle fed counterparts. Most likely, if you pay close attention, you baby will let you know when it is time to burp. Also it is important to consider special types of bottles that reduce the amount of air your baby intakes while feeding. This will help with an excessive need to burp, as well as babies who spit up often.
If your baby begins to show signs of discomfort, you may wonder how to burp your baby. If the baby is wiggly, starts crying, or is persistently pulling away, then they may need to be burped. You may want to consider a break part of the way through feeding. Many mothers will burp when changing breasts. If your baby falls asleep while feeding, it is unnecessary to burp your baby.
At about six months old, babies will no longer need assistance burping, as they have a better concept of how to eat without consuming as much air. There are so many ways to burp your baby, and in the end, it is up to how you and your baby are most comfortable. Feel free to try different methods to find your preference. If you have been trying to burp for a few minutes, to no avail, it may not be time to burp yet.
One method is to hold your baby against your chest, allowing their head the rest on your shoulder. Support their bottom with one hand and gently pat their back with the other. You may also rub their back to try to bring out a burp. You can hold the baby higher up on your shoulder, this pressure will help the baby burp. With the second method, be sure that the baby can breathe with ease and comfort. With this method, you will want to put a burp cloth over your shoulder to protect your back from spit up. The next method is to sit your baby on your lap.
Do this so that they face away from you using one hand for support, while leaning them slightly forward. Use the other to pat or rub to bring out a burp. Again, you may want to use a burp cloth to catch up any spit up or drool. You may also lay your baby face down across your legs perpendicularly. Make certain that the baby’s head is not lower than the rest of their body. Then pat like normal to coax them to burp. As always, you may want to use a burp cloth to catch any spit up.