All mothers with infants know about the difficulties of burping a baby. All pediatricians say that it is the most common problem that all new mothers face. Below is some useful information for you on how to burp your new born baby.
Burping helps a baby get rid of air swallowed during feeding, and keeps them from spitting up and becoming cranky and gassy. In other words, burping benefits you just as much as it does baby.
- Burp when you switch breasts, or for every two to three ounces she gulps down. Try one of these techniques, and if you still have trouble, remember: By five or six month most babies will practically burp themselves.
- Lay your baby belly-down on your lap, with his/her head above his/her chest, and pat the back.
- Hold your baby facing your chest, with his/her chin on your shoulder. Use one hand to support the head and the other to rub the back. Or, face him/her outward and leaning a bit forward, supporting the neck and chest with one hand.
- If your baby can hold his/her head up, try standing and holding him/her against your body, facing outward. Then apply gentle pressure on her stomach as you walk around the room.
Note: Find the position that works best for your little one, and don’t be afraid to pat firmly. Infants are tougher than they seem, and being too gentle won’t burst those air bubbles that are bugging your baby.