One of the most important, but, at the same time, frustrating things for young parents, is how to make their baby burp. And parents also have all sorts of questions:

Why is burping important?

When should my baby burp?

How can I make the baby burp?

How hard should I pat his back in order to make him burp?

For how long should I pat his back?

What can I do if the baby doesn’t burp?

 What is the most important thing I should know about burping?

At first, burping isn’t so easy and can be quite challenging for parents. In order to help young parents, we will show you two techniques that will help a baby burp.

 Why is burping important?

Before we tell you all about how to make your baby burp, it’s important to know why this is so important and why you must insist on understanding how to do it.

First, burping helps the child eliminate the intestinal gas and the air he swallowed during his meals. Babies feel better after burping. And burping stimulates a newborn, which is also a good thing for his breastfeeding mother, because this keeps the baby awake during meals, and his mother can change breasts or keep feeding him from the bottle.

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When should the baby burp?

Neonatologists advise parents to break a newborn’s meal into smaller meals, divided by burping breaks:

For breastfed children: every 10-15 minutes (which coincides with the moment when the breasts are alternated). Before switching breasts, the mother should take a 5-7 minute break, during which she can help the baby burp. After finishing his meal, the baby should burp again.

For bottle fed babies: regardless of whether we’re talking about formula or mother’s milk, burping should happen about 2-3 times during the meal, depending on the amount of milk that the baby has ingested.

If the baby becomes agitated during the meal, it might be a sign that he needs to burp.

How can I make the baby burp?

The first technique you can use in order to help the baby burp is to hold him across your shoulder, either standing or sitting.

The child leans on the parent’s chest, with his chin leaning on his shoulder. You must keep your hand underneath the baby’s bottom, to keep him comfortable. Also, the baby must be kept tight, in order to put a little pressure on his belly.

Lay a towel or an absorbent rag on the shoulder that your baby leans on, because he might eliminate some milk.

If you’re right handed, than use your right hand to pat the baby’s back, right between his shoulder blades, up and down. After a few pats, you can massage him clockwise.

After a while you will know exactly what the best burping technique is for you and your baby. 

The second way to make your baby burp is to lay him on your legs.

Lay the towel or rag on one leg and sit your baby on his bottom on the other. Support his jaw in one of your palms. Keep your thumb on one cheek, and lay your other fingers on the other. And support the rest of your palm on the baby’s chest. Use your other palm to pat his back. The baby’s body must be a little bit tilted forward, above the towel.

When the baby can hold his own head, then it’s enough to support his chin with your palm.

You must help the baby burp even if he is asleep.

How hard should I pat his back in order to make him burp?

The baby should be firmly, but gently patted on the back in order to make him burp. At first, parents might feel a bit awkward about doing this, but with a few repetitions, burping will become routine and will be very easy to do.

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How long should I pat his pat to make him burp?

The neonatologists say that if the baby hasn’t burped in the first five minutes, he might not burp. Which shouldn’t alarm you. You can go back to feeding the baby, even if he hasn’t burped. If the baby cries, stand up and walk while you’re patting his back. Speak to him in a calm voice and gently rock him.

What can I do if the baby won’t burp?

Breastfed babies tend to burp less than bottle-fed babies, because they swallow less air! And, more importantly, not all babies burp all the time!

What is the most important thing I should know about burping?

Regardless of whether we’re talking about burping or anything else concerning the baby, the most important thing is that the parent is patient, that he doesn’t panic, that he doesn’t get frustrated if they don’t get it right the first time. Not all babies react the same, and parent will eventually get to know their child and learn what technique works best.

Even if, at first, burping is difficult and stressful, it will soon become routine and, at the same time, an experience that will directly contribute to strengthening the bond between parent and child.

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