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One of the many new parenting tasks that you will be responsible for is burping your baby during and after feedings. Burping helps your baby to eliminate the excess air that has been swallowed during the feeding. When a baby swallows a lot of air, their bellies feel full and they may feel some discomfort.
How do you burp a baby? Watch our video How to Burp a Baby to learn three different techniques to try. At first, you will feel clumsy trying to get your baby in the perfect burping position, but soon, you will be handling your baby like a pro.
How often should you burp your baby? Remember, every baby is different so watch for cues that your baby needs to burp. Some of these cues include:
  • Comes off of breast or bottle. Gas bubbles fill up baby's belly making her feel full. Once she burps, she is usually ready for some more.
  • Becomes squirmy. Gas bubbles can cause some discomfort.
  • Gagging. Sometimes babies make gagging movements with their mouth but nothing comes out. This is always a good time to try to see if there is a trapped gas bubble in her belly.
Generally speaking, breastfed babies tend to swallow less air than their formula fed counterparts. So for a breastfeeding infant, attempt to burp your baby after she has nursed from the first breast and before offering the second breast. Once the nursing session is complete, burp your baby again. Some breastfed babies will not burp, while others burp frequently. If your baby tends to spit up, you may need to stop his feeding to burp him. 
For bottle feeding your babies who do not spit up frequently is to wait until the baby stops sucking from the bottle to burp. Be sure to end every feeding session with a burp. For babies who spit up, try burping more frequently, about after every half ounce or so.

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