Burping Your Baby

Feeding your baby for the first time is an exciting experience for any new mum. However, this can also be rather intimidating especially if you are not really sure what to expect.
There is so much information out there, how do you know if you are being fed the right advice. We’ve taken our experience and broken it down for you.

Little baby burps can be cute and they really do serve a purpose. Babies take in a lot of air while feeding and burping your baby helps get rid of some trapped air your that may have swallowed. Small sized burps release trapped air in your baby’s stomach.


Feeding your baby for the first time is an exciting experience for any new mum. However, this can also be rather intimidating especially if you are not really sure what to expect.
There is so much information out there, how do you know if you are being fed the right advise. We’ve taken our experience and broken it down for you.

Little baby burps can be cute and they really do serve a purpose. Babies take in a lot of air while feeding and burping your baby helps get rid of some trapped air your that may have swallowed. Small sized burps release trapped air in your baby’s stomach. You will very quickly get to know when your little one needs to be burped. They will either let you know by spitting everything back up or they might suddenly get a bit grumpy.
There really is no rule that babies have to burp after every feed, some babies burp a lot while others rarely need to.

Here are some handy tips on how to burp your baby

When burping, repeated gentle patting on your baby’s back should do the trick. Always have a towel or bib on hand.


Method 1.

Take one hand and place it on your baby’s chest, cup the chin with your thumb and forefinger.
 Keep your other hand spread on your baby’s  back, using  your fingers to stabilise the head from behind. Holding baby securely between two hands,  gently rock the top half of baby’s body from side to side, left to right - a rhythmic, repetitive motion.


Method 2.

Lay your baby on your lap on baby's belly. Make sure you support the head. For good practise, make sure the head is slightly higher than your baby’s chest. Gently pat your baby's back.


Method 3.

Sit upright holding your baby to your chest with baby’s chin resting on your shoulder. Support your baby with one hand and with the other hand gently pat your baby's back.
 Repeated gentle patting on baby’s back. (no need to pound hard).
Gentle rocking will also assist in moving the wind



How often do I burp baby?
If your baby is fussy while feeding, stop every 60 - 90 ml if bottle feeding. If breastfeeding, burp when you switch breasts. 
If your baby is gassy, burp after every 25ml, or every 5 minutes if breast feeding
. Always burp your baby when feeding time is over.


For the first six months or so, its best to keep your baby in an upright position to 10 to 15 minutes after feeding to help prevent the milk from coming back up.
We’ve noticed over the years that babies sometimes wake up because of gas. We’ve found that simply picking your little one up to burp them usually does the trick.