There are so many techniques to learn when you become a new mum. How to burp baby after a feeding is something which can seem a little hard at first, but it is fairly easy. With time, it will become a simple routine that you will do over and over again!
Why is it important to know how to burp baby?
Burping aids digestion in their little tummy. During a feed the baby will ingest gas and feel discomfort and fuller than they actually are. Getting rid of the air from the stomach during and after each feeding will ease this discomfort and normally make room for more milk!
Trapped gas in the stomach can lead to colic which is quite painful. It is important to learn how to burp baby as early as possible. Always ask your paediatrician or a lactation consultant for more guidance when needed.
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How to burp baby: when to do it?
If you are or planning to breastfeed your little one then they may need less burping than if you bottle feed. This is because the baby can control the milk flux from your breasts so it is normally only necessary to burp once you change breasts.
When feeding your baby formula or breastmilk through a bottle, it is best to burp them a few times during each feed. If your baby is particularly gassy then you can try and do it more often. You should also keep the baby upright after a feeding in order to prevent it from spitting out the milk.
How to burp baby: techniques
There are a few techniques of how to burp baby correctly. Before you attempt to burp your baby, make sure you have an extra towel in case they spit out any milk.
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