After feeding, the newborn should burp to expel the air he has swallowed along with the milk: let’s see how to make the newborn burp and when it is necessary to stimulate him
How to make the baby burp
Burp is considered by many new mothers the only valid way to be sure that the baby has digested after breastfeeding and breastfeeding. But is it really so? Is it really essential for the baby to burp after taking milk? And if it doesn’t do it spontaneously, how can you help the baby burp?
There are babies who burp after each feed and others who never do. And the same thing will happen during weaning with the first baby food. In the first few months there can also be many differences between breastfed babies and those who take a bottle:latch on the mother’s breast, in fact, if done correctly, it allows newborns not to swallow air along with the milk. Self the baby latches on to the breast incorrectly or suckles too quickly, can, in addition to milk, also swallow air. And if this is not expelled after feeding with burp and remains in the stomach, it can cause pain, small colic, stomach ache or regurgitation. This is why it is important to have the baby burp. But there is no absolute rule and there are children who don’t need it. So let’s try to understand who needs the burp and when it is necessary to have it done to the newborn.
The burp of babies
The newborn swallows air while eating, especially if he drinks very quickly, because he is hungry. It usually happens more often if you are using a bottle, because the milk flows more easily from the nipple of the bottle, but it can also happen to the baby who is breastfed, if it is not latching on for a while and the mother’s breast is very full. Burping should be done at the end of the meal to expel excess air. But it can be helpful to have the child do it too in the middle of the feed, because if he has swallowed a lot of air, it could fill his tummy and make him feel a momentary sense of satiety (but then hunger will return after a while). How to tell if he needs to burp? If, during the feed, the baby starts arching his back and turning his head away, refusing milk, he probably needs to burp: give him a break from the feed and put him in an upright position to stimulate the burp.
How to help the baby burp
There are babies who burp as soon as they have finished feeding. And others that must be stimulated instead. Self the newborn does not burp spontaneously, you can try some simple methods to help him. Babies usually burp shortly after feeding. If you try to stimulate it and after a few minutes it still hasn’t, then there is no need to push it. He may have done it without you noticing or he doesn’t need to. Many babies, along with burping, also do a regurgitation, or throw out some milk. This is usually normal and there is no need to worry. To help the baby burp, there are 3 positions that you can try.
Positions for the baby to burp
First of all it can be useful hold the baby in an upright position, with his head resting on his shoulder. With one hand you support the child and with the other you can give small taps on the back, to stimulate the burp. While tapping, it is also better not to stand still, but to walk around the room, so that the rocking of the movement favors the expulsion of air in the newborn.
Another useful method for making the baby burp is one sitting position. You must sit on a chair and place the baby on your lap, in profile to you. With one hand you have to support his chest and head to make him stand straight and with the other you can give him a few taps on the back.
The third method instead, it consists in keeping the baby on one’s knees, in a lying position on his stomach. With one hand you have to hold his head, so that it is higher than the legs, and with the other you can massage his back.
Babies must always burp
Many moms worry that babies don’t burp after feeding. Is there really something to worry about? Actually no, because there are also babies who gulp down little air and don’t need to do it at the end of the feed. Especially among breastfed babies, there are many who never burp. So don’t panic. Self the baby is calm and has no colic or pain, rest assured, even if he didn’t burp. The only trick to remember is to try to keep it at least 10/15 minutes in an upright position after feeding, to help him digest and avoid excessive regurgitation.