Why Babies Burp and How to Burp Your Baby? Why Babies Burp and How to Burp Your Baby?

What is Burping? Is it Mandatory for My Baby?

What is Burping? Is it Mandatory for My Baby?

by: Dr. (Maj) Manish Mannan
HOD Paediatrics & Neonatology

Burping is the process to release the gas bubbles from the esophagus and out of the mouth that babies tend to swallow during feeding. If babies are not burped frequently they tend to swallow more air and they can develop a feeling of fullness and discomfort – leading to spitting up, crankiness, and gassiness.

Reasons for gas formation in babies:

Gas formation in the baby’s stomach may be either because of swallowing air bubbles while feeding, digestion or any kind of allergic reaction towards any food. In case of wet burps, often some of the stomach contents too get brought up.

Doctors believe that one of the main reasons for babies to suffer from colic, unbearable stomach ache is due to the presence of excessive air trapped inside the abdomen, sucked in during a feeding session.

A baby suffering from colic can break into bouts of shrill cries beyond soothing. The best way to deal with colic is to prevent it from happening. And to do that burp your baby well after every feed. This will help your baby get the air out of his systems and reduce the occurrence of colic during the early months of his life.


Who needs more – breastfed or bottle fed babies ?

In general, breastfed babies don’t need as much burping as bottle-fed babies because they tend to swallow less air when feeding. The doctors recommend burping your baby during feeding breaks and when he’s done eating.  But every baby is different, so follow your baby’s cues and see when to burp your baby.

Burping positions:

There are several burping positions that you may try and find out the most comfortable and most effective method for you and your baby respectively.

  • Over your shoulder — Hold your baby over your shoulder, facing toward you. Use one hand to hold the baby and the other to burp, ensuring that the baby’s head is supported.
  • Sitting on your lap — Sit your child on your lap, using your arms and hands to support the baby’s body and head. Use your other hand to burp Baby on the back.
  • Lay your baby on your lap on his or her belly. Support your baby’s head and make sure it’s higher than his or her chest. Gently pat your baby’s back.
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