What if I forget to burp my newborn after a feeding?
Eventually, he'd do it on his own. "Burping is a built-in, automatic digestion mechanism," says Stephen Knazik, D.O., medical director of the emergency department at Children's Hospital of Michigan, in Detroit. But you'd have one uncomfortable, unhappy baby on your hands in the meantime. So do yourself a favor and give him a pat on the back.