Tips for burping your baby

In some infants, frequent crying, endless feeding and sporadic sleep are symptoms that indicate the need to burp. A well-burped infant will be able to eat more at each feeding and sleep longer and more soundly between meals. A few tips:

  • For some babies older than two months, lying facedown across your thighs is most comfortable. Raise one of your legs slightly to position his head above stomach level. Then gently pat or rotate your hand on his back
  • No baby burps after every single feeding. If your baby does not burp after several minutes, do not worry
  • If your baby is crying, he will not be comfortable enough to burp. Try changing positions or walking around while burping him.

Chloe Andrews, "A Few Good Burps" Parenting, November 1998, p.237

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