Burping Baby can be a pretty adorable way to release gas from his stomach, but it’s also an important tool for making him feel more comfortable and less full. Baby can get gas pains when he swallows air while feeding. Burping can help relieve this discomfort. It can also be important for newborns who spit up or have other gastrointestinal problems.
How to effectively burp your newborn
Burping is essential for both breastfed and bottle-fed babies, though most breastfed newborns need less burping than bottle-fed infants because they swallow less air during feedings. There are four common positions that many parents use to burp, but every baby is different so pay attention to the cues Baby gives you and make sure to use a towel or bib in case of spit-up.
1) On the chest
This tried and true position begins by holding Baby against your chest so that his chin rests on your shoulder. While supporting his head with one hand, rub or pat his back gently with the other.
2) On the shoulder
Once your little one’s neck is stronger and hecan better support his head on his own, you could also hold Baby higher up so that your shoulder presses into his belly, creating natural pressure to bring out the burp.
3) Sitting on your lap
Begin this position by sitting Baby on your lap facing away from you, using one hand to gently support his chin while being careful not to strain his neck, and using the other hand to rub his back. Encourage Baby to lean forward while you pat his back until he burps.
4) Face down across your lap
One of the easiest burping positions involves laying Baby face down across your legs so that he is lying across your knees. Make sure to support his head and gently rub or pat his back to release the air bubble.
- “Baby Basics: Burping Your Baby.” KidsHealth. The Nemours Foundation, July 2016. Web.
- “Burping, Hiccups, and Spitting Up.” HealthyChildren. American Academy of Pediatrics. November 21 2015. Web.