As a new parent, you are going to experience a lot of trials and tribulations along the way. This is a new experience and it takes a lot of getting used to. Plus, when your baby does not do something in the way you expect them to, it can cause a great deal of worry. This is often what happens when it comes to burping. A lot of parents worry that they are not burping their child correctly or that their child is not burping enough. Are you one of these? If so, read on to discover more about some of the most successful burping positions, as well as some advice and tips on burping your little one.
Below, you will find some of the most successful burping positions you can use on your baby. However, it is important to be calm and don’t worry if you do not have success straight away. You may need to switch between different positions. Moreover, because of the anatomy of your baby, they may find one method better suited to them than another. Not only this, but your baby’s body is going to change as your baby grows, and so you may need to switch from one method to another. So, don’t be alarmed if one method suddenly stops working – simply try another one of the positions. Fortunately, most babies will not need to be burped after four to six months.
Let’s begin with across-the-lap burping, which helps your baby to get a good burp up and out because it places pressure on your baby’s stomach. Make sure your keep your child’s head up by placing one hand under the chin. This will give them good support. At the same time, gently pat on your baby’s back using your other hand. You need to make sure that your baby’s head is held higher than the rest of the body so that the blood does not rush to the head.
2.A slight shoulder press
This is another approach that involves allowing your shoulder to pressure your baby’s stomach gently so that they burp. You should place your baby against your shoulder and chest, but make sure they are high up enough so that your shoulder presses into their stomach ever so gently. This will help to coax any gas out of their stomach. Make sure you hold your baby with one hand and gently rub their back with the other hand to give them comfort. You should make sure your baby can breathe properly by ensuring he or she is not slumped over too far. Also, please note that this is a better position for children that are at least four-months-old so that they have enough neck and head control.
3.Knees to chest
Your baby may want to pass their gas through their bottom instead / as well as their mouth, just to be awkward, and that is where this position comes in. In order to help your baby with this, you should lay your baby on their back and slowly flex their knees up to their chest. This will help them to get gas out from both ends.
Another burping position that you can try is sit-up burping. The key to this is to ensure your baby’s head is lifted up. You should use one hand to do this while the other hand pats your baby’s back. Make sure your baby is then sat up as straight as possible by lifting your child up underneath the arms. The purpose of this is to generate the up and down motion that is needed to get the burp out. Keep repeating these steps until that happens. This is another position that is more preferable for children that are four-months-old or above because they have greater neck and head control. You should also make sure you keep a check of where your hand is placed because your hand is going to be close to their throat and you don’t want to make it hard for your baby to breathe.
5.Shoulder or chest burping
Last but not least, we have shoulder burping, which is the classic burping position that involves lifting your baby up to your shoulder. You should gently pat your baby on the back until the burp comes out. There is a high chance that you will get a bit of spit on you, so it is a good idea to use a burp rag. Cloth diapers are ideal for this. You can also try rocking the chair when you are using this burping position.
When your baby spits up when they are burping…
So, as mentioned, there is a high chance that you are going to get some spit on you when your baby is burping. This is something that may worry you to begin with, but there is no need to fret, as all babies spit up. This does not mean that your child is vomiting. It is not uncommon at all for babies to spit up a couple of mouthfuls or two of breast milk or formula when they burp because this milk is sitting on top of the gas bubble, and so small amounts of milk come out when this gas bubble breaks. So if a little amount of formula comes out, you don’t need to panic. Once your baby reaches six months of age or begins to sit upright, the spitting should stop. One method you can use to lower the quantity of spitting is to place the baby in an upright position for about half an hour after they have been fed.
I’ve tried those positions, and my baby still won’t burp…
It is easy to feel like you have failed whenever your baby does not burp, but you certainly should not feel this way! If your baby feeds, they are in more of an upright position, and because of this they are naturally going to have less trapped air than they would if they were fed while lying flat. Moreover, babies that are breastfed may not need to burp while they are feeding. Every baby is different, so try not to worry about it.
Knowing when to burp…
Finally, let’s take a look at when you should burp your baby. It is a good idea to give your child a few little pats while they are feeding. It is vital to burp them midway because they swallow so much during their feeding. This will help them to get rid of the gas that is accumulated in their oesophagus. This will keep them from getting fussy later and help them to eat better. You can keep nursing if your baby seems happy and comfortable. However, if your baby does get fussy, you should stop and burp them. This may be needed if your baby refuses to eat or starts to cry.
Aside from this, you will need to burp your newborn at the end of every feed. The vast majority of babies are going to require at least a little pat at the end of a feed. They will have typically ingested around 180 ml of formula or breast milk, plus a lot of air on top of this. With that in mind, your infant should burp at the end of every meal, even if they do not seem fussy. This will enable them to get rid of any gas that may start to accumulate later on. You should also burp a fussy baby at night. If your baby is fussy in the early hours, yet he or she does not want to feed, it is probably because they are gas. Simply picking them up and helping them to burp will make them feel much better. As time goes on, you will soon get used to your baby’s habits and you will be able to see what is normal and what is not. Don’t be afraid to seek further assistance if you are not sure.
Hopefully, you now have a better understanding regarding burping your baby successfully and the best positions for doing so. After burping your baby for a while, you will get a feel regarding the position that is the most effective. Hopefully, we have also eased your concerns about your infant spitting up too. However, if you are worried, do not hesitate to have a consultation with a professional caregiver or a child’s pediatrician. After all, it is better to be safe than sorry!