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Learn how to feed your baby properly with these Howcast videos.
You Will Need
- A breast-feeding or bottle-feeding baby
- And a burp cloth or two
- An absorbent bib (optional)
Know when to burp
Know when to burp your baby. If you're nursing, burp her when you switch from one breast to the other. If you're bottle-feeding, burp her every time she downs an ounce or two. In both cases, you should also burp her at the end of the meal.
Sit your baby upright on your lap, facing you but angled slightly to one side and leaning slightly forward with her chest against your hand. Cup her chin with the thumb and index finger of that hand. With your other hand, firmly pat or rub your palm/fingertips in circles in the middle of her back, using gentle pressure to help push out the air.
If that's not working, place a burp cloth on your thigh and lay the baby across your lap. Let her tummy rest on your other thigh—this will put gentle pressure on her belly and help push out the gas as you rub or pat her.
If this doesn't work either, drape the burp cloth over your shoulder and hold the baby against it, being sure to support her head and neck with one hand. With the other, rub or pat her back firmly.
Baby should burp
Any of these methods should bring results—a nice resounding belch—within a minute or two. If she doesn't burp, that's okay too. Sometimes these things have a way of working themselves out.