Burping a Baby
Burping a Baby
A baby may be uncomfortable after feedings if he or she has swallowed
air during the feeding. Burping helps get rid of air that the baby has
- Burp a breast-feeding baby when you switch
breasts during feeding.
- Burp a baby who is bottle-feeding after
each 1 fl oz (30 mL) to
2 fl oz (60 mL) of
- Burp the baby after the feeding is finished.
the baby has problems with gas or spitting up, you may burp the baby more
- Most babies burp readily on their own after 2 months of
To burp a baby:
- Place the baby in an upright position, such as
over your shoulder or in a sitting position on your lap. If you place the baby
on your lap, place your hand under the chin to support the baby's
- Gently rub or pat the baby's back. The baby will not always
burp each time you do this. Wait a few minutes and try
- Sometimes formula or breast milk comes up with the air when
the baby burps. A clean washcloth, cloth diaper, or bib can help keep you and
the baby clean during burping.
To help the baby swallow less air during bottle feedings:
- Make sure the formula is not too hot or too
- Hold the bottle so no air gets into the
- Sit the baby upright in your arms when feeding.
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
H. Michael O'Connor, MD - Emergency Medicine
February 16, 2011
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