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The right technique for a great burp

The right technique for a great burp!


I know I have to burp my baby after every feed but I'm not really sure how to go about it. I would welcome some advice!

For babies, burping is permitted and even encouraged! Why? Because it evacuates the air inhaled during breastfeeding or feeding from a bottle and therefore avoids those little stomach aches which are the bane of a newborn baby's life. The best time for a burp is in the middle or just after a feed. Here are some tips to help you and your baby.

The A to Z of burping

We're all a little clumsy the first time. However, it won't take you long to get the hang of it. Have no fear, burping doesn't hurt your baby in any way. On the contrary, they will feel better afterwards.
How do you burp your baby? Place a towel over your shoulder to avoid stains in the event of any regurgitation. Hold your baby well upright and lightly pat their back. Be patient, it can take up to ten minutes for the burp to come.

No burp is forthcoming? Try this tried and tested midwife's technique: sit your baby on your knee as upright as possible, holding their head with one hand and raising the baby's arms with the other in order to open up the ribcage, thereby facilitating the expulsion of air.

•    My baby went to sleep right after feeding: don't worry, above all, let them rest. They will burp in their sleep.
•    How many burps? There's no ideal or recommended number of burps. From one to five or six, until all the air has been expelled.

Offer your baby a break in the middle of a feed in order to burp. Some newborns prefer this! Other will hate it and demand to finish their bottle before burping. Each baby has their own preferences, which you will quickly discover!

Up to what age do babies have to burp?

Until around four to six months old, i.e. for as long as breast milk or formula constitutes your child's principal source of food. As the digestive system matures and your baby is gradually weaned, the need to burp becomes less important and finally disappears.

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