Babies get fussy and cranky when they swallow air during feedings because it makes them feel uncomfortably full. This happens more often with bottlefed infants, though breastfed infants can also swallow air. The fussing can turn into a vicious circle, causing baby to swallow even more air and become even more upset. To prevent a tummy full of air, burp your baby frequently -- after every 2 or 3 ounces of formula. If your baby doesn't burp after a couple of minutes of trying, resume feeding. Here are the three best positions:
1. Over the shoulder: Drape your baby over your shoulder and firmly pat or rub her back.
2. On the lap: Sit your baby upright, lean her weight forward against the heel of your hand, and firmly pat or rub her back.
3. Lying down: Place baby stomach-down on your lap and firmly rub or pat her back.
Reviewed 11/00 by Jane Forester, MD
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