2023 Author: Anita Thornton | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-11-27 18:44
Whether breastfed or bottle-fed, baby will swallow a certain amount of air while drinking. This is why it is necessary to burp it. Here's how.
When baby swallows his milk, he almost always swallows air at the same time. This air ends up in his stomach and can make baby uncomfortable. This is why it is customary to help it release this air by burping it.
While feeding, if baby cries, squirms or refuses to continue feeding, it may be because he needs to burp. Stop drinking, burp him and resume his meal.
Although it is true that breastfed babies swallow less air than bottle-fed babies, even breastfed babies need to burp.
How do we do it?
Several techniques are possible, you will find the one that best suits your child.
Standing. The most common is to hold baby upright, against your shoulder, with his head and arms pressed against you. Holding him well with one arm, you lightly pat his back or gently rock him back and forth along his spine.
Lying down. It is also possible to put baby flat on his stomach, while patting his back orlightly massaging along the spine.
Sitting. The important thing being that the esophagus is clear, sitting is not recommended unless you hold your face to clear your airways. In this case, the same tapping technique applies.
We move. Several parents move during the burp. A short walk, bend knees, a slight hop, you'll quickly know if you need to move too.
Remember to put a cloth on yourself before you burp him. It is common for a little milk to leak out when burping.
He didn't burp?
- Baby may not burp often. Do not worry! If baby needs to get air out of his stomach and feels uncomfortable, he'll let you know. Trust yourself!
- If baby doesn't burp after a few minutes, it's probably because he doesn't need to burp.
- Before going to bed for his nap or for the night, leave him in an upright position for ten minutes to give him a chance to burp.
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