The best way to burp a baby

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One of the big questions parents ask us is, how to burp the baby? When to burp the baby? Should I burp the baby? And interestingly not all babies need to burp. It’s going to take you a little while to get to know your own babies needs. But at first you are going to try. Some babies spit up, some babies don’t, some spit up a lot and it’s not really an issue. Your baby spits up and they are growing well and seemingly happy, we call those babies happy splitters. When they bring up air, they might bring up milk. Sometimes it looks like ton, but it really is only a small amount each time. But the best way to burp a baby might be different for you, and then it was for me. This is my favorite way; I just put my finger under their arm, and my hands around the chin, and lean them forward on the heel of my hand. I can rub their back, I can pat their back. But I don’t want to hit them hard. Babies really like rhythmic patting, so that might feel good to them. If your baby is a good spitter, this position might be a little too much for them and it might cost them to spit more. So you might want to try different positions. I am going to bring her right up in the front. And bringing in upright position is actually been shown to help babies burp so upright. And babies will always just burp themselves and you don’t need to do much. So I am just patting in her back, rubbing her back a little bit. Notice I hold her head with my chin and keep it right up here. And another way is to bring that baby right up over the top of your shoulder. So I tuck her little hips in, put my thumb right under her arm pit and just rock her. I can bounce and rock, with her up there, that’s an easy way to get a burp, because putting some pressure on that tummy. Some people just cross their legs and lay that baby right across their lap, but that’s not an upright position, but it might just work fine for your baby.

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Corky Harvey, MS, RN, IBCLC

Certified Lactation Consultant

Corky Harvey is a co-founder of the Pump Station & Nurtury™ - the first new parent resource center of its kind. She is a registered nurse with a master's degree in maternal/newborn Nursing, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She teaches breastfeeding and baby care classes, facilitates the New Mother Breastfeeding Support Groups, and is a frequent guest lecturer. Corky has three grown children who were breastfed and she loves to claim that their intelligence is linked to this. Corky has two grandsons, Diego who nursed over two years, and 18-month-old Axel who is still breastfeeding. 

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