One thing that should be kept in mind while trying out any of the burping method is that if after giving up or trying a different position, if your baby does not get a burp, that means the baby is not yet ready for a burp. So, you must wait for some more time.
Here are some tips on how to burp a baby.
1- Changing feeding positions and burping halfway through feeding is vital as it reduces the chances of swallowing air. Here are some more important tips and warnings that should be taken care of during burping:
2- Bottle fed babies should be allowed to be fed in a more upright posture with more smaller and frequent feedings. This reduces the chances of your baby swallowing more air doing the feeding process.
3- You must look out for the signs on your baby for burping, during or after feeding. Your baby will seem to be uncomfortable, squirmy, begins crying or pulls away. If you give burping a try, it will work for him.You must stop feeding your baby, if he seems to be fussy and has GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease), burp him and then start feeding again.
4- If you are bottle feeding, try burping baby after every 60 to 90 milliliters (2-3 ounces) of milk and each time during switching breasts, while breastfeeding.You can try burping at every ounce during bottle feeding and in every 5 minutes during breastfeeding, if your baby seems to be gassy and spits up profusely.
5- If your baby has colic (continued crying for more than three hours a day), she may swallow more air during crying spells and become crankier. Do not use anti-gas drops as it has been not proven yet, if it can treat gas or colic in babies. Sometimes, using self-medication can be dangerous, so always consult your physician.
6- Older babies need not to be burped often as they have learned to eat without swallowing a lot of air. After feeding, you must practice keeping your little one in an upright position for 10-15 minutes in the initial 6 months, might be a bit longer if he has GERD. This will help prevent milk to come up in the throat and also avoid spit-up.
Happy feed times!
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