Newborn Care | Burping a Baby

Making a baby burp
  • Babies swallow air during feeding
  • This leads to excess gas
  • Baby may spit up or stop taking any more feed
  • Burping helps release excess gas
  • Help the baby burp at the end of the feeding session, while changing breasts and if baby seems uncomfortable
Simple techniques
  1. There are various ways in which you can hold your baby and make him burp. Do remember that it is not important to get that burp sound. Lets look at how you can do it:
    1. Once you have moved the baby from your breast, hold the baby upright for a burp
    2. Make sure that the baby is not hanging over your shoulder
    3. Just let it be upright against your body
    4. Pat his back gently
    5. Hold the baby like this for about three to five minutes
    This is another position of holding the baby:
    1. Sit your baby upright on your lap, support his head holding at the chin and pat his back gently
    You may also hold the baby on your arm:
    1. Let the baby's head rest against the crook of your arm while his body is angled in your lower arm 
    2. And like this, you can gently pat his back with the other hand
  • Keep a burp cloth handy

These remedies are based on the principles of Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of healing, and are completely natural, non-invasive, and can be prepared at home. Consult your doctor if the symptoms persist. Refer to the terms of use.

Sonali Shivlani

Childbirth Educator,

Sonali Shivlani is an internationally certified pregnancy, lactation and child nutrition counselor. She has worked with more than 15,000 couples and has conducted pregnancy and parenting sessions and workshops internationally. She is the Executive Director of the Pregnancy Fitness Educator Program at CAPPA International and trains candidates in the field of prenatal fitness.

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