Does your baby fuss and get cranky after a feed? Not sure why? It’s likely because he/she has swallowed a bit of air with milk and needs to burp right away. For a parent of a newborn, every day is a new day and we, at Kidsstopppress are here to simplify parenting for you.
So here’s everything you need to know about why it is important to burp your baby and how to do it right.
Why Do I Need To Burp My Baby?
It is very important to burp the baby at each feeding because when the baby drinks, he/she can’t help but swallow a little air along with the breastmilk or formula. The air bubbles that are trapped in the tummy can make them uncomfortable and full before they have finished feeding.
When you have a colicky baby, you know what it’s like to spend hours pacing the room trying to soothe the baby. The paediatrician will tell you your child needs to be burped. But what’s a parent to do when the baby won’t burp?
Why do babies need a burp?
Because babies have an underdeveloped sphincter in their oesophagus, it stops them from burping up the air by themselves. If someone doesn’t do it for them, the gas travels into the intestines, causing belly discomfort. You should burp a baby during, or after, every feeding to release that air.
When should you burp a baby?
The best time to burp a baby is every so often during feeding, as well as post-feeding, to release that gas. If you’re breastfeeding, burp your baby when you switch breasts during the feeding. If you’re bottle-feeding, burp your baby after each ounce (30 mL) or two (60 mL) of fluid. Whether breast or bottle feeding, be sure to burp your baby when he’s finished eating. If the baby has problems with gas, is colicky, or spits up, you may want to burp them even more frequently.
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