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  • Writer's pictureLeticia Lugo

Essential Tips for Burping Your Baby

Burping a baby helps to release air trapped in their stomach, which can cause discomfort and gas. It is important to burp your baby after every feeding, and more often if they are gassy.

When to Burp a Baby:

  • During Feeding: If you're bottle-feeding, pause when they have drink half of the amount of milk in the bottle or even before if they need to burp. If you're breastfeeding, you can burp your baby when switching breasts. (Drinking from the bottle is different than from the breast because of the flow. The flow is faster when feeding with the bottle.)

  • After Feeding: After the baby has finished feeding, it's a good idea to burp them again to make sure they've released any remaining trapped air.

How to burp a baby:

  • Over-the-shoulder method: Hold your baby over your shoulder with their chin resting on your shoulder blade. Gently pat their back with your other hand.

  • Sitting method: Sit your baby in your lap with their head supported by your forearm. Gently pat their back with your other hand.

  • Lay-down method: Lay your baby on their back with their head turned to the side. Gently pat their back with your hand.

• Use a Burping Cloth

Have a burping cloth or towel handy to catch any spit-up during the burping process.

• Experiment with Positions

Different babies may respond better to different positions. Experiment to find the one that works best for your baby.

Be patient: It can take a few minutes to get a good burp, so don't rush the process.

Keep your baby's head elevated: Always support your baby's head and neck to avoid any discomfort or injury.

Watch for cues: If your baby seems content and not fussy after feeding, they may not need to burp.

Burp gently: Avoid excessive force or vigorous shaking, as this can be uncomfortable for the baby.

Some additional tips:

– If your baby is breastfed, try burping them during a feeding if they start to fuss or arch their back. This can help to prevent them from swallowing too much air.

– If your baby is formula-fed, make sure to pace the feeding and avoid overfeeding. This can also help to prevent them from swallowing too much air.

– If your baby is gassy, try massaging their tummy or giving them a warm bath. This can help to relieve the gas and make them more comfortable.

– If you are concerned about your baby's burping or gas, talk to your pediatrician. They can offer additional advice and support.


Every baby is different, and what works for one may not work for another. Pay attention to your baby's cues and adapt your burping technique accordingly. Additionally, some babies may not need to burp after every feeding, while others may require more frequent burping.


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