Baby care: Burping your baby

What you need: a burp cloth
By Sarah Granger

You should burp your baby every 2 ounces or so if you’re bottle-feeding, or when you swap breasts if you’re nursing. Prop baby on your shoulder, lay him across your legs, or hold him in a well-supported seated position in your lap. Pat his back with solid, steady strokes, and don’t be afraid that he’ll break in half: It takes a strong hand to produce a good burp, and tiny taps won’t get you anywhere. Some moms also find that rubbing baby’s back (from the lower portion to the top) can push a stubborn burp to freedom.

Good to know: Burping a baby can be tougher than you might think, but it’s important that you get a good belch out of your babe after every meal. Allowing gas bubbles to hang around in baby’s tummy can cause some serious bellyaches (and a lot of unnecessary crying).

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How to master the latch

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