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How to burp your baby
Babies need to bring up the air they have swallowed while feeding. Babies who have fed from a bottle usually need more frequent burping than breastfed babies.
However, sometimes breast milk flows so quickly that a baby has to gulp to keep up with the flow. This leads to swallowing air. Sometimes a little milk or formula comes up with the air. It's best when burping a baby to have a cloth ready.
There are several positions you can use. Try them and see which one you and your baby like best.
Regardless of the position, you will want to rub or gently pat your baby’s back until you hear the burp. Be sure to support your baby's head and neck.
- Position 1: sitting on your lap Sit your baby upright on your lap. Cup your baby's chin between your index finger and your thumb. Lean your baby forward just a bit while you rub or tap his back.
- Position 2: up on your shoulder Place your baby facing the front of your shoulder with his chin close to the top of your shoulder. Use one hand to support your baby’s bottom. Use your other hand to support his back while you rub or tap.
- Position 3: lying across your lap Lay your baby across the top of one or both knees. Support your baby’s head with the palm of your hand. Use your other hand to pat or rub his back.
No. 1: Sit your baby upright on your lap
No. 2: Put your baby against your shoulder.
No. 3: Lay your baby flat across your lap.