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How to Burp Your Baby

Burping your baby is a key part of their feeding routine. When your baby swallows, air bubbles can become trapped in the stomach and cause discomfort. Burping allows your baby to remove some of that gassiness to relieve the pain. It also helps prevent spitting up. Some babies need to be burped during feeds, but generally it is done afterwards.

There are several ways to burp your baby, what’s best for you depends on your baby’s preferences, so try all and see what is most effective for the two of you.
For over the shoulder, hold your baby upright with their head resting on your shoulder. Pat the back with your other hand. Tip: Cupping your hand slightly is gentler than a flattened palm.

For sitting on your lap, sit your baby on your lap supporting the chin and chest with one hand. Rub or pat the back with your other hand. Tip: Use repeated, gentle pats on your baby’s back.

For lying across your lap, rest your baby faced down on your lap and gently rub or pat the back. Tip: Keep a cloth nearby in case your baby spits up.

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