The newborn requires some more detailed care and one of them is to burp it after feeding. Many first-time moms have doubts about how to proceed with the burping of the baby and what is the most appropriate way to burp it.
Another frequent concern of mothers is when the baby is breastfeeding and ends up sleeping without burping, what to do at this time? Should I wake him up to burp? What is the best position to place the baby at this time? The important thing is to be calm and attentive to the signs that your baby will pass on to you.
Baby Breastfeeding Needs Burping?
Babies who are breastfed are better able to control the outflow of milk and thus swallow less air and thus suffer less from gas, unlike those who suck from a bottle.
However, when the mother produces a lot of breast milk and the baby is unable to control the flow of the feed and swallow air at the same intensity that she swallows the milk, there is a need to put it to burp.
That is why the recommended thing is always after every feeding to put the baby to burp, especially when the baby has discomfort during breastfeeding this is the time to put him to burp.
At four months, the baby can better control the flow of the feed and ingest fewer gases, in this case the need to burp at each feed decreases. At six months he is able to sit alone and the burping process ends up becoming something natural.
Watch for Baby Signs
The baby when breastfeeding may show several warning signs before burping, this can happen due to some processes that during breastfeeding are not performed correctly. Here are some tips that may help:
The baby begins to make faces, squirm or move away from the breast , even when it is time to feed and clearly hungry. The ideal is to position the baby upright on the chest, leaving his head higher, so the child will better swallow the milk and will avoid ingesting air.
The newborn has difficulty in correctly getting the breast halo, this can cause more air to enter during feedings, in this case the correct thing is to adjust the baby’s mouth close to the chest.
When the baby shows no signs of belching what to do?
Do not worry if the baby does not burp, just leave him in the upright position for a while and then put him to bed. That is, if the baby does not have another problem such as gastric reflux , in this case it is good to consult the pediatrician to be guided on how to proceed.
Correct Baby Burp Position
There is no specific rule for this process to happen, after all, each baby is different from the other. At first it may seem complicated, but over time it eases the situation and the procedure becomes easier, until the moment the baby will do this process alone.
Many doubts arise regarding how to make the baby burp and there are some positions that help a lot by facilitating this process. But remember, each child has his own way, at this moment it is also worth following your intuition to perform in the procedure of making your baby burp.
There are three positions that are most used for this procedure, on the shoulder, sitting and face down.
On the shoulder, place the baby standing close to your chest supporting it with your arm, leave the baby’s arms and little hand upright, with one hand gently tap the child’s back until it burps.
Another position that helps is to place the baby on your lap on your back, leaning the baby’s torso forward, support your shoulder with your arm and hold the chin with your other hand. Then, with your other hand, gently tap your ribs.
A very simple position is to place the baby face down on your lap, supporting him with one hand and gently tap the child’s back with the other hand.
Is it necessary to make the baby burp in the middle of feedings?
Another constant question is whether there is a need to interrupt feedings to make the baby burp. The procedure should be done in a natural way, when moving the baby from one breast to another or when the baby stops breastfeeding. It is important to check if the baby is satisfied with the feed, if it is, just put it in the best burping position .
If you put the baby to burp and he does not burp, do not worry, sometimes this can happen and it is a sign that everything went well with breastfeeding. Just be on the alert, if the baby has any discomfort or shows any signs that he needs to burp, in this case insist.
Some babies only put the ingested air out when they sob, this process is also normal, especially in newborns. Remember, when the baby belches, this belch is almost always accompanied with a little milk, so always have a diaper to clean the baby’s mouth.
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My name is Dr. Alexis Hart I am 38 years old, I am the mother of 3 beautiful children! Different ages, different phases 16 years, 12 years and 7 years. In love with motherhood since always, I found it difficult to make my dreams come true, and also some more after I was already a mother.
Since I imagined myself as a mother, in my thoughts everything seemed to be much easier and simpler than it really was, I expected to get pregnant as soon as I wished, but it wasn’t that simple. The first pregnancy was smooth, but my daughter’s birth was very troubled. Joana was born in 2002 with a weight of 2930kg and 45cm, from a very peaceful cesarean delivery but she had already been born with congenital pneumonia due to a broken bag not treated with antibiotics even before delivery.