If your baby never burps but isn’t expressing any signs of crankiness, gas, or spitting up, then your baby is fine. He or she is not sucking too excess air during their feeding.
This is good because it means that your baby is well-positioned or has the correct bottle.
If your baby is comfortable, then there is no need to worry. They are most likely only burping very quiet burps because they do not have extra gas.
You can keep burping them just to make sure but do not force it.
But if your baby is uncomfortable, which is accompanied by spitting up, gas and crankiness with a hard belly, they need to be burped.
There are many ways to help your baby burp, and they don’t mind it. It is very important always to burp your baby after every feed because it helps them get rid of that excess air they may have swallowed during their feeds.
Here are some ways to help your baby
Understanding why you burp your baby
Burping your baby helps your baby get rid of excess gas in their stomach that they may have swallowed. When this gas accumulates in the stomach or the intestines resulting in distension, which causes the organ to expand and results in abdominal pain, bloating, or a knotted feeling
Since your baby is on a liquid diet, their gas is most likely from their stomach as a result of swallowing too much air when feeding.
These are uncomfortable but, fortunately, can be corrected with burping with release the air from the stomach. If the air is in the intestine, your baby will fart, and that will release the air.
How to burp your baby
If your baby has gas, is in pain, and is cranky but never burps, then it is time to review how you are burping your baby.
Burping your baby works by repeatedly patting them on their backs with a cupped palm. A flat palm is like a slap and is painful for your baby(https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/burping.html).
The first way you can burp your baby is to place them over your lap. This method is called over-the-lap burp.
With this method, you will sit your baby on your lap and place the heel of your hand under their ribcage. Apply slight pressure.
Gently pat their back with a cupped palm or rub their back in a circular motion.
This will help your baby release that excess air.
The second method is known as the over-the-arm burp. This method involves slinging your baby over your arm and gently patting their back with your cupped palm while you pace the room.
Burp often if your baby is fussy.
If your baby swallows a lot of air while feeding and tends to fuss during their feeding session, then you should pause them and burp them. Once they release the excess air, you can continue feeding them.
If your baby doesn’t burp, change the position that you are burping them and continue to get them to burp. You will find it might be easier for your baby to burp when you use one method over another.
Helping your baby swallow less air
The only concrete proof that your baby needs burping is when they are fussy. It is important to tend to your baby’s needs and help them release the air because they can be painful and uncomfortable for them.
If you are breastfeeding, it is important to understand that breastfeeding correctly can be learned too.
There are four main breastfeeding positions that you can use to ensure your baby is fed correctly with as little air swallowing as possible.
The cradle position is the most common breastfeeding position.
This involves you supporting your baby at your breast. Your baby’s head will lay near your inner elbow, and you will use that arm to support your baby’s neck and back gently. Your palm will cusp your baby’s bottom.
Cover your baby’s mouth, not their nose.
In the cross-cradle position, you will use your arms opposite to the breast your baby is feeding to support your baby. Your baby’s legs will come between your supporting arm and torso. Your palm will cusp their head and neck, while your other arm will shape your breast and guide your baby.
This position is ideal for helping your baby swallow less air.
With the clutch position, you will tuck your baby’s feet at the same side of the breast your will feed them and use your arm to support your baby.
This is the same arm as the breast you are feeding your baby. You can use a pillow to support your arm.
This position is ideal if you have had a c-section, or your baby was born with low birth weight and has trouble latching. It offers them the support they need to feed correctly.
The side-lying position involves feeding your baby while you lay on your side, facing your baby. In this position, your nipple will be in line with your baby’s mouth.
You can use a pillow to support your neck and back and make sure you are comfortable too.
If your baby is bottle-fed, letting the formula rest in the bottle after shaking it will release air bubbles that resulted from shaking the bottle.
You want to make sure your baby’s bottle is positioned with the nipple filled with milk.
Always adjust the bottle so that the nipple is always filled with milk to make sure your baby does not suck in air. Also, choose the right nipple size for your baby’s stage to ensure they are feeding correctly.
The baby never swallows air.
It means your baby is feeding well and rarely swallows any air. If they do, it’s not enough to warrant a loud burp.
Burping your baby may be unnecessary, and you might be doing more harm than good if you are forcing them to burp, which might just cause them to spit out, losing most of the nutrients they need.
While spitting up is common even in healthy babies during their first three months. It is important to make sure that it does not negatively affect your baby and threaten their health and wellbeing. This means that your baby is still growing well and gaining weight.
If your baby is losing weight because they are spitting up more than they are absorbing, then it is time to stop force burping your baby.
They might not need it or change the position of your breasts when breastfeeding so that it covers your baby’s mouth and lets little to no air in.
Burping your baby is a supplementary practice in childcare. It is used to ensure your baby’s comfort, but it’s best not to become overzealous and be gentle with your baby. Only burp them if they truly need it.