How to Burp a Newborn

Breastfeeding or bottle-feeding is a very exciting experience for new parents. However, you may be forgetting an important part of this job: burping your baby

Every 2 hours, a newborn needs to be breastfed and, together with the milk, swallows quite a lot of air. If you do not burp, the back air can cause bloating, discomfort and sometimes cause reflux and vomiting for your baby. The right way to burp your baby properly requires her to pay attention to the baby’s holding position, how to rub or pat her back to support the baby to push the air out of the abdomen.

Why does your baby need to burp after a feeding?

In the first years of life at birth, your baby’s digestive system is not yet fully developed. The stomach is very small, at birth, the size of a cherry can only hold 5-7ml of milk, by 3 days of age the stomach will be the size of a walnut containing from 22-27 ml milk. The amount of air from the outside has many ways that can enter the baby’s stomach such as:

Due to the small stomach size, when containing both air and milk will make the stomach full. Your baby will feel very uncomfortable due to bloating after a feeding. On the other hand, because the stomach of the child is horizontal but not vertical like an adult, the spasms between the stomach and esophagus are weak, so when the stomach is full due to the air, it is easy to reflux. throwing up milk, vomiting, children fussy, crying milk when sleeping, …

When parents perform a pat on the back of burping after breast feeding, they will help to get rid of the trapped air in the stomach, they will feel comfortable, comfortable, reduce post-breastfeeding vomiting, labor volume As the baby is released, the baby will suck up more milk, which will help them stay full longer and sleep better.

3 ways to burp your baby

Bring the baby to the chest

The mother sits upright and puts her head on the shoulder, the baby’s body is pressed against the chest. One hand supports the baby’s buttocks and the other rubs or gently pat the baby’s back. If the mother sits on a rocking chair and shrugs slightly, it can produce the same effect.

Put your baby on your mother’s lap

A second way of belching is to let your baby sit upright on their mother’s lap, using their palms to support their chin and wrists to support their chest. The other hand gently pat the baby’s back. You can let your baby sit slightly leaning forward to push air out more easily.

 Let your baby sleep on his stomach

Let him lie on his stomach on his mother’s lap and use his hands to support his head. Mom, make sure the baby’s head is higher than the chest. Pat baby’s back gently.

In the first few days, the mother may feel worried because her baby’s neck is still weak so she doesn’t want to hold her or let her sit or lie on her stomach. But when done properly, the baby’s head and neck are always supported and the baby will not feel uncomfortable at all. In addition, practicing on your stomach will encourage your baby to learn how to lift their head up, one of the important steps to start the baby’s general body movement later.

Mom should also note that repeated gentle pat will be very effective. There is no reason to use strong force on your baby’s back, as it will not help him to burp more effectively. And to prevent the baby from spitting out some milk each time belching gets dirty, make sure to line your shoulders or thighs with a clean towel.

When to burp your baby?

With a healthy baby, mom always needs to burp after every feed. Ideally, every 60 to 90ml of milk or each breast change, you should burp your baby before continuing to breastfeed.

For babies who have reflux, vomiting a lot or are showing signs of bloating and discomfort, the mother has to repeatedly burp. Give your baby burp after finishing 1oz (or 30ml) of milk or after every 5 minutes of breastfeeding.

If your baby still hasn’t burping, mom should change his position and try again after a few minutes. Mother needs to burp before continuing to breastfeed. Always remember to burp your baby after breastfeeding, mom.

During the first 6 months, not only need to burp, after each breast feeding should hold the baby upright for 10 to 15 minutes to prevent milk from overflowing. Sometimes babies wake up and fuss at night just because they are full and burping will help them to sleep again.

How to know if a newborn has burp?

When children belching will emit burp or baby will stop crying, become cheerful, pleasant and are feeding on. During the pat, the baby may spill some milk, this is a normal phenomenon that mothers do not need to worry. A clean, clean towel on your shoulders or thighs before you burp will help keep your clothes from getting dirty when your baby has milk.

Baby burp for how long?

How long it takes to burp a baby depends on the amount of gas in the baby’s stomach. Normally, if the baby has not burp after 10-15 minutes, she should change her position and continue to pat her back.

Because in the first 6 months of life, breastmilk is the main source of nutrition , parents should maintain a constant pat on the back for burping. After this time, the baby’s digestive system will develop more fully, and when the child becomes strong, begins to sit, his body can push gas out of the stomach without support. of parents.

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