Burping is one of the important aspects that most parents should know in feeding their babies. It is done to release excessive gas that babies have acquired due to air swallowing during feeding. If no action is taken, this may cause discomfort, such as crankiness and fussiness, in babies. In order to prevent this, keep the following ways of effective burping in mind.
1. Repeated gentle pats on the back of the baby are the simplest way of burping a baby. Because babies often spit up (wet burps) during the process, it may be helpful to place a burping cloth or a bib under your baby’s chin or on your shoulder. There are several different methods that are commonly practiced by many parents. You can choose as to what is more comfortable for you and your baby.
- Sit upright and hold the baby against your chest. Let your baby’s chin rest on your shoulder as you support her head and back with one hand. Use your other hand to pat her back gently. You can also sit in a rocking chair while doing the same process.
- Hold the baby high up on your shoulder while putting a little pressure on your baby’s tummy. Pat her back until she burps. Arrange a burp pad on your shoulder to avoid messy cleanup.
- Lay on your side. Support the baby over your hip so as to put a little pressure on her tummy. Pat her back gently. This is applicable if you are feeding your baby in a lying down position.
- You can also try the ‘folding’ technique. Hold the baby in a sitting position. Gently bend her forward until her chest gets near her knees and straighten her up again. Do this several times.
- Lay your baby on your lap or across your knee. Make sure that the head of your baby is higher than her chest. Pat her back gently.
- If it is consistently difficult for your baby to release gas after feeding, gentle leg cycling or massaging your baby’s tummy can also help break up air bubbles inside your baby’s digestive system and eventually relieve discomfort.
- Sling burping is also an option. Place baby in an upright position against your chest. Wear your baby in a sling until the air comes up.
2. It is important for a parent when to burp her baby. For instance, if your baby seems fussy, you should stop feeding, burp your baby, and continue feeding afterwards. It is also worth another try if your baby feels uncomfortable after an unsatisfying belch.
3. Burp the baby several times before and after feeding. This will reduce the spitting up of your baby. This will also help relieve spontaneous irritation during feeding.
4. You should also try a combination of the above methods so as to determine which position best helps your baby to burp.
Burping is a traditional part in feeding babies. Having knowledge on this important aspect of feeding helps parents to fulfill their responsibilities well in terms of protecting their babies from abrupt discomforts.