Do Babies Need to Burp After Every Feed?

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
Feb 17, 2014
Quick Bites

  • Not burping after feeding session may make babies uncomfortable and gassy.
  • Nursing mothers must observe their baby’s behaviour after feeding them.
  • You need to make him burp if baby spits a lot or seems fussy.
  • Keep your baby in an upright position for 10 to 15 minutes after you feed him.

The belief is that burping and feeding go hand in hand. Burping after a feed helps baby release air trapped in their stomach. If they don’t burp after feeding, it may make them uncomfortable and gassy. Not being burped may also lead to spitting up and vomiting. If the baby didn’t burp, but seems happy and comfortable after a feed, it is perfectly alright. Nursing mothers must observe their baby’s behaviour after feeding them. However, you must make attempts to make it burp.


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What Burping after a Feed Indicates?

Burping indicates that the feed has been taken in by the baby and there is no wind in a baby’s stomach that throws up the food. It is fine, even if a baby doesn’t burp unless there is no vomiting. There is no need to worry if vomiting occurs once or twice; seek medical help if the baby vomits often after a feed.


When to Make your Baby Burp

If it seems that your baby is fussy while feeding or after feeding, stop feeding and make it burp. After it burps, resume feeding session. Paediatricians recommend burping your baby each time you switch breasts when breastfeeding or after every 2 ounces (60 millilitres) when bottlefeeding.

Look for signs – There are certain signs that you need to look for. When the baby spits a lot, seems fussy during feeding or tends to be gassy, you should try burping your baby. Baby may have sleeping troubles because of gas. When this happens too often, pick your little one up to burp.

Position for burping – If your baby doesn't burp after feeding, change their position and try burping for another. It is advised to keep your baby in an upright position for 10 to 15 minutes after you feed him. This helps prevent the milk from coming back up.

Among other methods of burping you can try are as follows.

On your chest

  • Hold baby against your chest in a way that the baby’s chin is resting on your shoulder.
  • Place your hand on the back of its head and shoulders for support.
  • Gently pat or rub baby with the other hand.


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Sitting on your lap

  • Make baby sit on your lap with their face away.
  • Support your baby's body with one arm and hand on their chest.
  • Lean baby slightly forwards and gently pat or rub her back.

Face down across your lap

  • Lay baby face down on your legs so she's lying across your knees.
  • With one hand, support your baby's chin and jaw.
  • Make sure that your baby's head is slightly higher than the rest of the body.
  • Gently pat on your baby's back with the other hand.

If baby burps after a feed, it will have fewer problems with air in their tummies. As babies grow, they learn to eat without swallowing excess air. You shouldn't worry after the baby is 5-6 months and doesn't burp during or after every feeding.



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