Who, What, When, Where And How On Baby Burping

There is one universal thing we all know about babies.  They burp!  They burp a lot!

Sometimes those burps are soft, sometimes loud and frequently they are a bit messy.

We thought we would share some good basic information on baby burps with you.

What Is A Burp?

A burp is simply our body's way of getting rid of excess gas that we take in through our mouth.  Doesn't matter if you are an infant or a full-fledged adult, we all burp from time to time.

This release of gas bubble through the esophagus is important for a baby to relieve him of what can be miserable gas pain in his tummy.

When the gas bubbles are accompanied by some of their stomach contents, we refer to them as burps or even "erps".  This is why it's very important to use a burp cloth whenever you are burping a baby.  No need for everyone wearing today's breakfast.

Where Do Gas Bubbles Come From?

Babies usually get this air in their system simply by swallowing it when nursing.  This can be through a bottle or breastfeeding.  Swallowing air does tend to happen more with a bottle fed baby as they tend to eat a little faster.  A breast fed baby, who's particularly hungry and wants to eat quickly, may swallow a bit more air than he would normally.

It's possible that a mother's diet could pass a bit of gassiness to her breast fed infant.  Some common foods that may cause this are beans, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, brussel sprouts, carbonated drinks and some carbohydrates.  The problem comes in identifying what might have caused an increase in gas in your infant.  Since foods can stay in your system for up to 72 hours, you may have difficulty determining if there was something you ate that may have impacted your breast milk.

Babies can also have food intolerances that can cause this gassiness as well.  In this case, dairy products are usually the culprits.

How you mix your baby formula can also add gas bubbles to your little one.  Most of us measure the water and formula into the bottle and shake like crazy.  That vigorous shaking adds a lot of air to the formula that can be sucked in while feeding.  It's best to let the formula settle a bit before feeding your baby or try using premixed formula instead.

The type of bottle or nipple you use can also have an impact on the amount of air your infant sucks in while feeding.  Bottle nipples have various flow options based on the age of your baby.  Be sure to use the right flow so that your little one isn't drinking too fast, gulping, sputtering and swallowing a lot of air.

Baby bottles also take in air through the nipple that can be taken in by your infant.  There are babies bottles designed with particular angles that help in reducing the amount of air coming back into the bottle.  If you think your little one maybe drinking in too much air, try changing the bottle and/or nipple that you use.

Why Burp A Baby?

Gas in anyone's system can be uncomfortable.  You feel really full and can't quite get in a comfortable position.

The same holds true for a baby.  The only thing they know to do is get fussy.  They will get squirmy and cry when their little tummies hurt from gas.

Now we know, babies will cry for a variety of reasons.  It's not always gas that is causing the problem.  But if you take the proactive route and burp your baby regularly, you can try to eliminate this cause before that fussy stage starts.

Because babies lay around most of the time, it's not easy for their little bodies to rid itself or those tas bubbles.  This is where you can assist by burping them to move the gas on up and out.

Also, that feeling of fullness can have a baby stop eating before he is truly full.  Helping him remove those gas bubbles from his tummy gives him room to finish filling up.  

When To Burp A Baby?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends you burp your baby during feeding breaks and when he's done eating.

Feeding breaks can be when switching breasts or with a bottle fed baby after every 2-3 ounces.

Generally, burping a baby this frequently will go on till he's about 4-9 months old.   At this time, their little digestive system has matured a bit and burping isn't as important.  This is also the time that he will start to eat solid food.

This timing is a generaliztion, if you still find your baby to be a bit on the gassy side, then continue to burp with some regularity.

How Long To Burp A Baby?

Sometimes it takes a while for those gas bubbles to work their way out of the tummy and up the esophagus.  Other times, before you even get that little guy ready for a burping session, he lets out a big one.

So it's hard to say how long you should burp your little one.  If after a single burp, he seem unhappy or extra wriggly, you might want to continue the burping efforts for a little while longer.

It may also be helpful to change the burping positions if he doesn't burp within a few minutes.  Sometimes those little bubbles can be a challenge to get them to move up and out.

The one thing we can say is that it's always important to have a burp cloth in hand when feeding and burping your baby.  You just never know when that burping sound will be accompanied by some wet stuff.

The best way to protect your clothing and clean up any mess is to have a soft absorbent burp cloth right there.

We offer a large variety of adorable cotton burp cloths in our shop.  We now are offering sets of two or three theme coordinated burp cloths.  These sets are offered at a special price, making it easy to have plenty on hand.


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