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.
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February 18, 2013
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