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Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I feel like I'm not burping my baby right. It takes forever! What am I doing wrong?

Re: I feel like I'm not burping my baby right. It takes forever! What am I doing wrong?

The Bump Expert

Burping helps baby get rid of air swallowedduring feeding, and keeps them from spitting up and becoming cranky and gassy.In other words, burping benefits you just as much as it does baby. Burp whenyou switch breasts, or for every two to three ounces she gulps down. Try one ofthese techniques, and if you still have trouble, remember the good news: Byfive or six months, baby will practically burp herself.

[  ] Lay baby belly-down down on your lap, with her headabove her chest, and pat her back.

[  ] Hold baby facing your chest, with her chinon your shoulder. Use one hand to support her head and the other to rub herback. Or, face her outward and leaning a bit forward, supporting her neck andchest with one hand.

[  ] If baby can hold her head up, try standing and holdher against your body, facing outward. Then apply gentle pressure on herstomach as you walk around the room.

Find the position that works best for your little one, and don't be afraid topat firmly. Infants are tougher than they seem, and being too gentle won'tburst those air bubbles that are bugging your babe.

Paula Kashtan

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

While you have your baby sitting up on your thigh, grasp her from behind between her ribs and pelvis with your thumb and forefinger. Give her a gentle wiggle there, then burp. My SIL recommended this and my son burps way easier after doing the wiggle.

Star1984 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

IT IS TYPICAL FOR A BABY TO TAKE A WHILE TO BURP. I WILL KEEP TRYING TO BURP MY LITTLE GIRL AND AS SOON AS I STOP >>BURP<< OUT IT COMES. JUST REMEMBER TO BE VERY PATIENT. OF NOT. TRY PUTTING THE BABY ON ITS STOMACHE WHILE PATTING HER/HIS BACK. PAT FOR A FEW SECONDS AND RUB YOUR HAND FOR THE BACK OF THE NECK TO THE HIP. IT WORKED FOR MY BABY GIRL.

kirploink101 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

i started to sit my baby up facing away from me to burp. He would wrap himself around my arm and let out a manly burp. He is only 6 weeks and now i can sit him up and he burps.

suzielove23 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

my lil guy has difficulty burping sometimes too. I find that when I let him rest for a minute or two after he has eaten about 3 oz, the bubbles have some time to move up. I will sit him on my lap after resting and I rub upwards or in a circle motion rather than patting his back. It helps my lil guy and sometimes the burps I get from him sound like his daddy's!!!!

jcatta4 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I sit kiddos on my lap, supporting their jaw in the crook of my hand between my thumb and forefinger and my palm supports their trunk. I lean them forward a tiny bit and pat their back. This works pretty well on most babies, and I'll do gentle baby situps if they're difficult to burp, supporting their head and doing it slowly. That works every time!

Ksi20 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

my little one had horriable gas and never slept becuase I was unable to relieve him. I purchased a medicine that is soppose to help and IT DID! It is called Mylicon and i got it at wal mart. I breastfeed and bottlefeed. So when I either switch breast or he drinks 3 ozs I give it to him and then continue the feeding. He cries everytime i give it to him so i don't think it is the best tasting but it helps tramendously!

lesliecowey |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

my little one HATES to burb- she will hold her breath rather than belch. I tried everything the books suggested- every position, etc. Took me forever to figure out how to get her to burp. I do tummy time for about a minute after nursing while rubbing her back. If that doesn't work, i just hold her and sway back and forth (you know, the "mommy sway"). she eventually gives in- just remember to keep that burp cloth handy!!!

loveshockey53 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

this is baby # seven for me. I had just had baby 3 when I had gotten the best advice in the world, for new borns up to about a month you can let the baby's chest rest on your forearm and head rest in your hand and rub the baby's back this will help the air flow with out causing the abrupt sound of the patting ( I have to admit, some baby's like the rythmic tapping)

divineme |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

Try feeding your baby in an up right sitting position. We were shown this position and it makes it much easier for the baby to burp. The burps come up almost on their own. We have noticed a huge difference in our babies comfort.

singleton13 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I really beleive that if you feed your baby exactly right that there genuinely may not be a burp in there! 90% if the time my girl will burp the instant I sit her up and if she doesn't then she won't. This is espically true if you are breast feeding - there isn't any air in your breast for them to swallow so how can they possibly need to burp! That isn't to say that something you ate won't cause them to have a little gas a bit later!

suzzyb73 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I found it helpful to burp my daughter from the butt, not from the back. Try patting your baby's butt upward and see if that works better.

BlondeMama |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I used to sit my daughter on my lap with her child in between my thumb and pointing finger and my palm would be on her chest and the pat her back and a few seconds after patting and rubbing her back she would burp

Crystalcamp2010 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

My little man is a stealthy burper! Especially when it's accompanied by some spit up! I usually burp him with his chin over my shoulder and he'll wait until just when I think it's not coming...I stand up...and *beeeellccchh* spits right over my shoulder on the floor! Haha! That's only happened a couple times, but once was in Target! Gah!

kkbride09 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

The trick is where you pat on the back. Try patting your baby up and down along the spine while listening for changes in sound. When you find the part where it sounds hollow, keep patting -- that's the sweet spot. Pat rapidly up to two minutes. Most of the time, you'll be done. If not, change positions and try again. Still no? Put baby down. S/he either doesn't need a burp or is not ready to burp. If s/he starts fussing, burp as before. Never had to go past that step. Time: 0.5-8 min.

charlessy |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I have 2 babies born early. The NICU suggested with my son that we sit him upright, supporting his head with our fingers and body with the hand--holdinghis arms upright and pat him with the other hand. This works for both of my babies. Also, they suggested that instead of patting, or you can alternate patting with this-- take your index and midle fingers and spread them on each side of his backbone and pull up. This pulls the gas up. it helps my daughter who is difficult to burp, to burp everytime. Its also seems to speed things along.

Jenniferctl |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

i have found the best way is to sit my lil guy up (which is obviously easier when they can hold up their head, but not impossible if they can't yet) which puts pressure on his tummy, and that motion alone usually is all that is needed for an impressive belch. but a little patting and rubbing up and down his spine never hurts! if spitting up is a regular thing for your baby, its much easier to have an "urp" rag in the right position (if you are holding their head up you can have the rag in that hand, just under the chin) to catch whatever comes up (and no need to change your shirt or walk around with spit up on your shoulder!).

jphrose |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I typically use the sitting up position with the burp rag under the chin. She will give out two impressive burps and then fall asleep. Then my breast will come out of her nose and mouth. Am I doing something wrong? is it possible that my little has acid reflux? I try to have her sit up for atleast 20minutes after feeding and burping but it still happens. I'm so scared that i have even started letting her sleep in my bed because it happens so often and I'm afraid that i won't hear her spitting up and gasping.

MsTiffani |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

If you are breastfeeding your baby may not need to burp. I have two children ages 10yrs and 4months. My 10 year old was bottle fed and burped often and usually with every feeding however my breastfed 4 month old does not burp with every feeding.

coleh33 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I simply hold my baby facing outward with her bottom right under my breast. I hold her head up with one hand and she burps within seconds. Sometimes she may need a rub on her back while in this position. This feels better to me than pounding on her back to relieve gas.

Hannah212 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

How do you know when your baby's been sufficiently burped?

CadieH |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

The two most important things are that your baby is not asleep and not crying. Babies do not need to be patted to be able to burp, they need to be relaxed. Try this: use one hand to support their weight by using your hand as a seat under their bum. With the other hand support their head (thumb and pointer finger around thefront of their jawline and slip your pinky under their armpit if they are small enough). Tilt them slightly forward. Now that they are supported just gently lift them up and back down and keep doing this until they burp. It is a bouncing motion but not fast. Slow and gentle. My source is Shari Criso. Look her up. She is amazing! This method is not very common but give it a try!

pMama24 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

With my daughter she is an air gulper and i remember that with my son i would put him on my knee>>put my hands behind his head and bounce him very gently..that would force up the air. Now I do that with my daughter and it works when just patting her on the back won't..

addie4real |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

Mine is a stubborn little one

iloveu4ever |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

My 2 month old is stubborn sometimes as well, what works best for me is switching between having his head on my shoulder patting him and holding him upright facing me with my thumbs under his armpits and wiggling my hands back and forth. If he doesn't burp immediately, he will within 2 minutes or so

LordValuemart |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

my son is a month old and is very difficult to burp sometimes. my MIL who is an RN and her mother a retired OBRN showed me that laying him on his back and massaging his stomach and sometimes gently pushing in and up on it then trying to pat him will help him burp. i have to say the few times ive had to do this it actually works. once he even burped while i was pushing up on his stomach.

jonathanryansmommy |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

Well first of all, do u breast feed or bottle feed?? Babies who are fed directly from the breast need not to be burped as I came to realize after questioning my pediatrician after having my first child. What's worked for me in the past are several different methods. One being, with you either sitting or standing and having baby head propped slightly above ur shoulder so that baby and you are chest to chest, then I usually like to alternate between rubbing babies back as well as cupping my hand and gently tapping his back. Another method would be to have baby sit on your lap or thigh, which ever is comfortable for you, have baby sit straight up or a little leaned forward and with one free hand place that hand under babies jaw to give hime support and again I would alternate between rubbing and tapping gently on his back with a cupped hand. Lastly I also tried where baby was face down in my left arm, his head rest at the fold of my elbow and my arm supported his stomach and legs and again alternated between rubbing and tapping on his back. Its also good to remmber that babies will take generally anywhere between 20 and 45 minutes to burp. I hope the information that I shared with you will be of some help. Just hang in there and Im sure you'll find somthing that works for you and baby!!!

kawaihae09 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

My husband is the Burp King. He figured out that after he pats our 11 day old daughter, he'll put his hands under her armpits, lift her up a little without supporting her butt, and it stretches her belly just enough to where the burp bubble comes up. I'm so jealous b/c she always belches for him! I'm learning, though. I swear this is the only way she'll do it.

trtgfc17 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I found that my baby only burps when I rub her back in clockwise circles, and within a few seconds of starting to rub she lets out a horrendous sounding man burp.

ckroupa |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

My son was very stubborn to burp too. It took me awhile to figure out that I had to be more firm, I was being too gentle with him, just slightly patting his back, which did nothing! I also found that by switching his possition he burped better, I would start off with him over my shoulder, then switch to him in my lap facing sideways leaned over slightly (this puts more pressure on his belly, which means he is more likely to burp, but more likly to have a bit of throw up too, just keep that burping rag handy!) and if those didnt work I would simply face him towards me on my knee and bounce him up and down a little (he loved that!) Also, some babies burp better on their own, if this is your little one I would suggest putting him at a slight angle (head higher than his/her feet) or giving them some tummy time (which is amazing for head/shoulder/arm muscle development) which puts pressure on their tummy as well :) Hope this helps you! Happy parenthood!

jlindsey41 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I like to sit her on my lap and bounce her on my knee. then i sing the bouncy song. which basically goes bouncy bouncy bouncy .....bouncy bouncy repeat two times and then say just to burp. she likes it alot and she burps no problem.

back2basics |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

My son took forever to burp too. He was born with a cleft lip too which meant he was sucking in lots more air than normal. His belly would be huge and sound like an inflated balloon if you tapped it gently. One way I found to get him to burp is to feed him, then change his diaper, then start burping him. He would give me those manly burps enough to make my older brothers proud. Sometimes just giving it a minute before starting helps. How do you know if it's sufficient? Tap very gently on baby's belly. If it sounds like a balloon, there's too much gas. (Gently, you don't wanna make them puke on you.)

Firebirde072 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I usually sit me baby on my left thigh facing towards my other leg and support her head with my right hand and then bounce my leg. I have found this works so much better and a lot faster than patting her on the back.

kellyrae22 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

Honestly, I hold my son's head and sit him up. Most of the time, the gas just works itself up and out. Sometimes it needs a little boost, so I rest his head in my hand and pat his back until it comes out. He has trouble with gas sometimes so it takes longer than usual once in a while. And don't freak out if the baby cries at night and won't eat, he/she is probably gassy and just needs to be burped.

acarter821 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

My little man or should I say 'Daddy's Clone' is a 50/50 burper. Sometimes all I have to do it sit him up and will get between 1 and 3 in a row, other times takes an effort and still can't get him too. We try over the shoulder and my favorite that brings on the burps easiest is sitting him up (careful of course to mind his head) and pat his back (unless he's done the work already). The only other issue we have is he is only DAYS old and moving his head around, picking it up, in ways that he just shouldn't be doing at his age ha. So as Daddy's Clone would only make sense that he's a strong little guy that doesn't go by the book. :D

maryingamohr |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I was having the same problem the first few days home, only me, my husband could get him to burp just fine (after a LONG time--he has more patience then me)..then my grandma came to visit and she was watching me burp him on my shoulder and she told me I was doing it to fast and to low, so she showed me to do it in the middle of his back and she did it slow and harder than I was doing it and he burped shortly after! oh and she also rubbed his back from the middle to the top with two fingers, I do what she showed me and I dont have problems anymore..but sometimes he just doesnt have a burp and hiccups instead.

courtkh |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

My 2 month old HATES to burp. I'm surprised I have eardrums left he screams so loud. We have tried all the different positions but still it is a painful process. One day, my DH decided to give him his pacifier when he burped him. He took the bottle out of his mouth, put in the pacifier, sat him up and "burp". Works almost everytime....and there is no mess!

slam05 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I would recomend trying to burp your baby more frequently. For example if you have been burping you baby after every oz then try burping him/her after every half an oz instead.It makes it easier for them to burp each time.

lborghese |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

When my grand daughter was newborn I would gently rub her spine upwards while I was holding her on my chest a few times then pat again. Now that she is bigger if I wait a few minutes then put her on my lap in the sitting position she burps on her own.

Gmajen |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

Try Little Tummy's before the feeding and your baby will burp - i have had that problem and ever since i am using Little Tummy's she has no problems burping.

jadee1216 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

Question: how do you know or gauge how much is 3 oz. when breastfeeding?

babyhardwicke42 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

You are not doing anything wrong. My newphew is 6 months old and my sister would literally beat him for 20 minutes to get him to burp. She laid him down, put him on her shoulder, and sat him up, like nothing worked. But some babies just take longer to burp. my 3 month old burps when i set her up sometimes i don't have to pat her back and other times it takes forever to burp her. It could be that your baby just isn't getting that much air when feeding. It will get better dont worry

ajo14 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I was told that if you feed your baby sitting her/him at a more upright position, it makes burping easier. I've been using that technique for a month, and my baby girl seems to burp easier(: Sometimes it does take awhile, though.

jessicachildress |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

when I burp my daughter, I put her on my shoulder with her stomach over my breast to give a little pressure on her belly and rub her back in circular motion or pat her back. Sometimes a little pressure is needed to help get the gas bubble up. Also, if she doesn't burp in 5 minutes I stop and give her a 10 minute break and then try again, which works. I have to burp her half way through her bottle which seems to help her with eating and makes it easier for her to burp when she is finished instead of working and working to get the big burp out.

tback7 |

Q&A: How to burp a baby?

I try different positions, and I'll usually wait a couple minutes to burp him. Sometimes I'll stop burping him if it's not coming up, and then try again in a few. Unless he's fussy. If he's fussy, it's usually a big ball of air he needs to get out!

saraplum |