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Why is burping your newborn so important? Babies often swallow air when they feed, either from breast or bottle, which hurts their little tummies and can make them fussy. By burping your baby frequently during and after each feeding, you can hopefully keep those annoying gas pains to a minimum.
Try burping your little one after every 2-3 ounces if you’re bottle-feeding, and each time you switch breasts if you’re breastfeeding. If your baby tends to be gassy, has gastroesophageal reflux, or seems fussy while feeding, try burping after every ounce if bottle-feeding and every 5 minutes if breastfeeding.
Try these different techniques and soon you’ll be a burping pro
1. Hold your infant upright with his/her head on your shoulder. Support your baby’s head and back while gently patting him/her on the back with your other hand.
2. Sit your baby on your lap. Support your infant’s chest and head with one hand by cradling his/her chin in the palm of your hand and resting the heel of your hand on your baby’s chest (be careful to grip your baby’s chin, not throat). Use the other hand to gently pat your baby’s back.
3. Lay your newborn face-down on your lap. Support your baby’s head, making sure it’s higher than his/her chest, and gently pat or rub your baby’s back.
4. If your baby doesn’t burp after a few minutes, change the position and try burping for another few minutes before feeding again. Always burp your baby when feeding time is over, then keep him/her in an upright position for at least 10-15 minutes to avoid spitting up.
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