Burping the baby

Sometimes babies tend to get fussy and uncomfortable during or after feeding. This is mainly because; when a baby feeds it tends to swallow air along with the gulps of milk. These bubbles of air fill up the space of the stomach and give a feeling of discomfort. Thus, the baby becomes all cranky and fussy. The best way to get rid of this excess air in his little tummy is to make him burp every now and then.


The bottle-fed babies are in more need of burping than the ones who are breastfed. The rapid flow of milk from bottle nipples forces babies to take in large mouthfuls of air along with the closely-spaced swallows. On the other hand, breastfeeding babies have more control over the rate of flow of milk have the ability to coordinate breathing and swallowing more effectively. In addition, they are normally fed in an upright position where they can enjoy smaller, yet more frequent and easy swallows.


When to make your baby burp?

When your baby is posseting/ spitting up milk

When your baby is colicky and fussy while feeding

when your baby is having acid refluxes


How to make your baby burp? - Best positions

It is important to hold the baby in an upright position while breast feeding or bottle feeding. Support your baby using your hands and keep him at a 45-degree angle or higher to avoid more air being swallowed. Look for any signs of discomfort on his face like a grimace or a squirm. If he seems to be uncomfortable allow him to burp every now and then, without feeding at a stretch.


There are three main ways to make your baby burp.

Holding your baby on your chest, over the shoulder

Keep your baby against your chest make so that his chin rests on your shoulder.

Make sure to support his head and back with one of your hands.

Use your other hand to pat or rub his back gently.

Keep a piece of cloth against your shoulder, in case he spits up.


Sitting up position

Keep your baby seated on your lap facing away from you and being slightly leaned forward.

Position one of your hands in such a way that your palm supports the baby’s chest and your fingers support his jaw and chin. Make sure not to apply too much pressure on the throat.

Use your other hand to gently pat or rub his back.


Holding your baby face-down across your lap

Keep your baby face-down on your lap so that his tummy touches your thighs and knees. You can keep your legs crossed or spread.

Make sure the baby’s head is not in a lower position than his body.

Use one of your hands to support his chin and jaw.

Use the other hand to gently pat or rub his back.


How often should you make your baby burp?

The need for burping might change according to the rate and amount you feed your baby.

For a bottle feeding baby, burping after every 2-3 ounces of milk consumption will be sufficient.

For a breastfeeding baby, you can make him burp every time he switches from one breast to another.


If you cannot make your baby burp even after trying several positions, that might be simply because your baby doesn’t need to burp at all. However, if your baby seems to be in great pain or discomfort because he cannot burp, you might need to seek some medical advice to help him burp up.

Team Papabambino, September 21st, 2017,