The term used in describing how a baby ingests small amounts of air during feeding is ‘wind’. Eventually, this formation of air can be brought up as a ‘burp’. The process of burping is very helpful during baby feeding. Every parent should know how this process is done, because during feeding, it isn’t only milk that a newborn swallows when breast feeding or bottle feeding. Most of the time, air comes along with the nutritive fluid causing discomfort, fussiness and gassiness. If such irritability is manifested by your baby, it is likely that accumulated air has formed in his digestive system. Aside from feeding, the formation of accumulated air can also be due to crying. So, burping your newborn frequently could help you prevent these undesirable discomforts. To do this, here are several ways execute a good burping technique.
- Hold your baby straight and upright while resting his head on your shoulder. Prepare a burping cloth or a bib and place them on your shoulder. This will help you avoid messy cleanups in the event that your baby spit up. Newborns usually release wet burps because of fluid intake. Support the buttocks of your baby using one of your hands while using the other in rubbing or patting your baby’s back. (Note: Choose the hand which is more comfortable in carrying your baby) There are times when babies burp immediately but if not, repetitive gentle pats are worth another try. You can apply a firm touch on your baby’s back, which allows enough pressure to release up the wind.
- Hold your baby in a seated position. Support your baby’s neck and chest with one hand as he leans slightly forward. Straighten him up while patting his back. Repeat for a couple more times until your baby burps. This method is popularly known as the ‘folding’ technique.
- Sit baby on your lap facing away from you, with his bottom right against your stomach. Put one arm around his tummy for support. Place the other hand on his forehead and rock back and forth. You can do the same process while sitting on a rocking chair.
- Some babies respond well to a change in position. You can try a combination of the above methods or the shifting of one position to another.
Burping your baby can cause ‘spills’. Before performing the techniques listed above, make sure that burp cloths are ready. It is also noteworthy that the effect of the ‘wind’ (discomforts or irritability) is usually manifested if you lay your baby down after feeding. This may serve as your signal as to when there is a need for you to burp your baby. To fully understand the concept of burping, you may read magazines on parenting. You can also visit parenting websites, such as birth.com.au, where you can get relevant information on the process of burping. Additionally, you can get more advice from other moms who have encountered the same experience as yours.