Notice that after a mother feeds her child, she would always want her baby to burp. Why is this important? It’s because after a baby eats, there are gas bubbles that are trapped in the gastrointestinal tract that need to be released. If the baby does not release the gas, then the baby will feel rather uncomfortable. He will be feeling bloated and would most likely cry. Of course, the gas can come out the other way as a fart, but it is actually easier to make a baby burp instead of fart. So, if you are a new mother and doesn’t really know much about burping your baby, then what are the things that you have to learn? First thing you have to learn are the burping positions
Let’s start with the sitting position. To assume this position, you have to put your baby on your lap and make him/her lean a bit to the front. Put your hand on your baby’s chest and use your other hand to slowly pat his/her back until a small burp comes out. This is probably the most comfortable position for you and your child because both of you are sitting down so there’s not really much pressure on the two of you.
Over the Shoulder
This position is probably the most widely used one by mothers. To do this, you just have to place your baby against your shoulder and pat his/her back using your free hand. Your other hand is supposed to hold the baby’s bottom so that he/she will not fall down. This is definitely the most effective position for burping because the shoulder will slightly push against the stomach of the baby which will force out the gas.
The last position is the face down pose. In this position, you will be placing your baby on your legs faced down. This means that your baby will be lying on his/her stomach. While in this position, slowly rub or tap your baby’s back and wait for a burp to come out. Due to the nature of this position, pressure is added to the stomach so most likely the position will work.
Although there are other positions out there that may work, by far these three are the most popular ones and the most widely used ones. In fact, these three are the ones that are often recommended to mothers by pediatricians.
Some things to take note of
Spitting during Burping
What happens when your baby starts spitting instead of burping? First of all, don’t worry about it because it does not mean your baby is vomiting. It could probably mean that some of the milk did not go all the way down to the stomach yet and was accompanied by some gas that was coming out. If you notice that your baby spits quite often, then you should start feeding your baby in an upright position instead of a lying position. As your baby grows older, the spitting will decrease gradually.
Now, what if your baby does not want to burp? One thing you have to remember is that not all babies burp regularly. Some babies would have gastrointestinal tracts that do not trap that much gas which means that the burping will be less. If your baby does not burp and constantly has stomach discomfort, then you might need to pay a visit to your pediatrician. However, if your baby hardly burps but does not have stomach discomforts, then you have absolutely nothing to worry about. Also, if your baby usually feeds sitting up, then he will really not have much gas inside. So, if your baby drinks milk while sitting, then he/she probably won’t burp so much.
Feeding and burping babies is supposed to be a fun time and a good bonding experience for the two of you. Things will only get stressful if you don’t know what you are doing. So, in order to make life easier for you and your child, always make sure that you know how to burp them so that they will not experience having gas.