Burping is a common practice that is required after feedings, as the baby might have swallowed air during feeding or crying. Burping helps them to get rid of air that they have swallowed.
When to make the baby burp:
- When s/he switches breasts during feeding.
- When bottle-feeding, after each 30 mL (1 fl oz) to 60 mL (2 fl oz) of fluid.
- After finishing the feed
- If the baby has problems with gas or spitting up, you may burp him/her more frequently.
Please note the baby should be able to burp on his/her own after 2 months of birth.
How to make a baby burp:
- Place the baby in an upright position, such as over your shoulder or in a sitting position on your lap. If you place him/her on your lap, place your hand under the chin to support the head.
- Gently rub or pat on baby’s back. S/he might not have swallowed air, and hence may not always burp each time you do this. Wait for a few minutes and try again. You may keep trying for at least 10-15 min.
- Sometimes formula or breast milk comes up with the air when the baby burps. You may use a clean face cloth or a cloth diaper to prevent the mess.
To help swallow less air during bottle feedings:
- Make sure the formula is not too hot or too cold.
- Hold the bottle so no air gets into the nipple.
- Place the baby upright in your arms when feeding.