Newborn babies need to be burped after feeding in order to get rid of the air that they tend to swallow during feeding, this will help them settle and feed for longer. You will only need to burp your baby if they are feeling uncomfortable or grizzly. There is no need to burp your newborn if they fall asleep during or after a feed. In general, babies that are breastfed tend to need less burping than bottle-fed babies.
Below is some ways to burp your newborn
- Over your shoulder – rest your newborn’s chin on your shoulder, support them with one hand and use your other hand to pat your newborn’s back.
- Sitting up – cradle your newborn’s chin, in the palm of your hand. Use your other hand to burp your baby on the back.
Make sure to have a burp cloth by your baby’s mouth to catch any spit-up. For the first 6 months, keep your baby in an upright position for 10 to 15 minutes after feeding to help prevent the milk from coming back up. As your baby gets older, you shouldn’t worry if they do not burp during or after every feeding, as this means that your baby has learned to eat without swallowing excess air.