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How to Burp Your Baby

To prevent mealtime discomfort, follow our guide to burping an infant.

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-Hi! I'm here from American Baby Magazine with Baby Care How-To Tips. Today, we're learning about burping. Babies need to burp when they take in too much air during feeding. To reduce the amount of air coming in and lessen your baby's discomfort, make sure he's latched on well. His lips should be sealed around your breast or the bottle. If you're unsure of when to burp, try everytime you switch breasts or every 2 to 3 ounces if you're bottle-feeding. To begin burping, hold your baby under his bottom so he's well supported with his chin resting on your nondominant shoulder. Tap the palm and fingertips of your free hand across your baby's shoulder blades. Your palm should feel relaxed but heavy. As an alternate position, sit your baby sideways on your lap with his chest leaning slightly forward. Support his chin between your thumb and index finger, and pat his back across the shoulder blades. Be patient. With either method, it could take 4 or 5 minutes. If he doesn't burp after 5 minutes, don't force it. He'll burp when he needs to. If your baby still seems hungry after burping, continue on with the meal.