Being a parent is one hell of a task that requires mommies and daddies to focus on infinite baby related issues that somehow seem to manifest all at once. Right from bathing a newborn, to feeding it to even burping it, everything that you might have considered trivial or inconsequential becomes a cause of concern. Although it’s not a thing to fear if your baby spits up while being fed, it’s definitely a thing to be taken care of as it’s related to a whole lot of other things that can get you fretting and sweating over your baby’s well being. During feeding, babies tend to swallow in some air that makes their little tummies uncomfortable. Small as they are, the job to let out air all by themselves is a little too troublesome for them and they need external help to get them through. However, in the midst of all the tasks and know-how on sticking to important tasks, this one, the most basic of them all, takes a backseat as parents try to figure out why their babies aren’t attending well to the milk even when it’s been quite a while since they were last fed. The answer is it may just be gas. However, just as we have said before, there is nothing that can be trivial or inconsequential when it comes to babies so you need to make the baby burp to make it feel better. Read on to learn about how to make a baby burp.
Burping a Baby
Take a cloth or a towel and place it on that side of your shoulder on which you plan to rest your baby’s head. Now hold your baby upright, tightly with one hand, and rest its chin on your shoulder. Using the other hand, gently pat and massage over baby’s back to force the gas trapped in its stomach to come out. While doing this, it is better if you walk around or sit on a rocking chair, as the same would speed up the burping process.
Sit Up Burp
Make the baby sit on your lap while firmly supporting its body, chest and head straight. Now pat and rub the baby’s back with your other hand for about 15-20 seconds. Repeat the process for until you make your baby burp. Again repeat the patting and rubbing until the baby totally gives up on the burping. This is the best way to force out stubborn baby gases that simply refuse to give away.
Take a pillow and place it on your lap. Cover it with a blanket to ensure that if it’s a semi liquid burp, the pillow doesn’t get ruined. Now tummy facing down, place the baby down on it. Once again, gently pat the baby on the back or massage with soft hands. Doing it for a few a minute or so is good enough to induce a burp out of baby’s gaseous tummy.
In-between Feed Burps
Sometimes the babies eat just fine, but then all of a sudden, they start to throw tantrums and pull away from the food. Food not tasting good may be one reason but mostly, it is because of the gas that babies deviate from food. If you sense so, stop feeding your baby at that very moment, lest it throws the food all over. If the baby is being breastfed, switching over generally allows the baby to let out a burp. If eating solid or semi solid food, the shoulder burp or the sit up burp can used to let the baby let out stuck up gas.
After Feed Burps
Walking aids in digestion after meals; it’s a well known fact. Infants can’t walk: it’s another well known fact that makes it all the more important to aid them in digestion. Many infants are prone to gastro esophageal reflux (GERD) that prevents milk from coming back up and need a way to release the built up gas after every time they’ve been fed. Rubbing the baby’s belly or stroking the back will relieve it from gas.
Do not worry if your baby doesn’t burp after a few minutes of being fed. Also, not every baby burps after every single feeding.
Do not force your baby to burp when it’s still in the middle of feeding session. Wait for the baby to pull away and then make it burp.
Do not make the baby burp if it’s crying.
If one position doesn’t make the baby burp, then try changing the position rather than stopping altogether.
If the baby spits up too often during feeding, try to make it burp every five minutes during feeding.
Burping a baby is an art: some babies burp with any method, while others can be made to burp using only a particular method. And then there are those who burp at being moved from one position to other. It’s important for you to try and locate the burping point of your baby in order to free it from gas and further potential troubles.