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Does Baby Need to Burp after Every Feed?

Monday, February 15, 2021

Question:

“I am having trouble getting my baby to burp after feeds. Is it important for her burp after every feed?”

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Our Answer:

It’s not a problem if your baby doesn’t burp every time. Breastfed babies don’t necessarily get a lot of air during feeding. It is worth trying for a few minutes but if you get a burp, consider it a bonus.

A burp may be accompanied by a little milk. Small spit-ups are normal – it simply means more laundry!

If your baby has a forceful spit-up that “shoots across the room”, we suggest you check with your healthcare provider, particularly if it happens more than once a day.

2 popular burping positions:

Over your shoulder.

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Support your baby’s bottom with one arm and pat the back with the other.

Seated on your lap.

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Lean your baby slightly forward. Support her by holding the lower jaw with your thumb and fingers on opposite sides.

Which burping position works best for your baby?

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