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How to burp your baby Lock Rss

Learning to burp your baby is a big part of the early feeding process. Babies swallow air during feedings (especially with bottles), and too much air in their little tummies can lead to crankiness, gassiness and surprise spit-ups.

Keeping your baby upright for 10 minutes after a feeding can help keep what's in her stomach from coming back up and, when burping, one to five light pats should do the trick. Here's what else a new mum (or dad) needs to know:

Don't wait until she's done.

When breastfeeding, burp when you switch breasts. If using a bottle, burp after every 50 mls or so. The bubble of air will still be at the top of the stomach and will come up easily.

Try different positions.

Most parents prefer one of these three burp-promoting postures:

1. Baby against your chest: Sit upright with your baby's chin resting on your shoulder.

2. Baby sitting upright on your lap: With your hand supporting your baby's head, lean her over a bit, bent at the waist. This posture moves air to the top of the stomach, which helps your baby burp more easily and reduces spit-up.

3.Baby lying on your lap, stomach-down: Support your baby's head so it's higher than her chest.

Carry your baby in a football hold. Place your baby tummy-side down on your forearm with his face toward your elbow and his limbs dangling on either side of your arm.
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