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How long do you need to spend burping bf newborn?

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Babybellyblues Fri 11-Jul-14 07:51:05

How long for and what is the best methods you've found?

Clearlymisunderstood Fri 11-Jul-14 07:53:51

I've never burped my ebf 6 week old. Didn't realise I was supposed to tbh blush

Mumof3xox Fri 11-Jul-14 07:57:51

It depends on the baby I think

As with most things they are all different, you need to find what works for you and baby

TarkaTheOtter Fri 11-Jul-14 07:58:17

It depends on the baby. Mine both had tongue tie and so their latch was a bit imperfect. This meant they swallowed air when feeding and would often be in pain from wind. I would pat, rub jiggle until they burped or I got too bored.

snoggle Fri 11-Jul-14 07:58:41

If nothing appears within a minute or so I give up. Or sometimes I forget. If I lay him down and he's got a burp coming its pretty obvious as he wriggles uncomfortably, so I pick him up and it usually just pops out.

Some people are fanatical winders. They sit patting for hours trying to get something out. I'm not, but never had very windy babies either.

Babybellyblues Fri 11-Jul-14 08:03:55

This baby is different from my first dc who i didn't bother burping much as he didn't need it.

He is only 2 days old and is feeding lots but does seem to need burping so that's why I was wondering. Most information seems to be for older babies and for bottle fed babies.

TheXxed Fri 11-Jul-14 08:04:16

I never burped my DS

combust22 Fri 11-Jul-14 09:05:58

I never burped my babies.

Hedgehogging Fri 11-Jul-14 09:37:19

I usually do for a few minutes but mainly because if I lie her flat straight away milk tends to come back up! I think it may be a psychological prop for me now but I reckon the patting helps send her back to sleep at night too.

PastaandCheese Fri 11-Jul-14 12:58:30

I also never burped my babies apart from DS who seemed to need it around weeks 2-5 for some reason.

I just used to put him over my shoulder and rub his back for a few minutes to check his tummy wasn't sore.

mrsmugoo Fri 11-Jul-14 16:33:42

Have never burped mine!

IShallCallYouSquishy Fri 11-Jul-14 20:20:57

DD next to never.

DS forever hmm very lazy feeder in the start and gulped a lot of air

fledermaus Fri 11-Jul-14 20:36:50

One baby, never did. If he started bobbing on and off I just sat him up and he burped.

Other baby had a tongue tie and was a sloppy feeder/swallowed air, so after a feed I would put her on my shoulder and rub her back, or sit her up leaning forward, and she'd burp within about 30 seconds. I wouldn't try for longer than a minute though, as I'd assume no burp.

ClariceBeanthatsme Fri 11-Jul-14 20:42:25

Dd I burped her its very satisfying when you get a little burp!
Ds never did.

Pointlessfan Sat 12-Jul-14 10:17:00

If she's very sleepy I don't bother. I try and do it between switching sides, usually holding her upright is enough. If she is uncomfortable/crying I put her on my shoulder and walk around until something comes up.

WhatsMyAgeAgain Wed 16-Jul-14 12:55:52

My baby has awful trapped wind when he was tinchy. Sometimes a good 20 minutes before the burp came out. A good one was sitting him on my lap and bending him fowrard and back, just really get that upper body moving. Also passing him between my husband and myself - I dont know if it was the actual handover that may have squeezed him slightly, or the change in position, but that was a good one.

I was so glad when he got big enough and wriggly enough to burp himself.

WhatsMyAgeAgain Wed 16-Jul-14 12:58:17

That feeling of sheer relief when he finally burped. One of the best feelings I've had as a mother. Just remembered the man burps we used to get when using gripe water. Sometimes I really miss that little newborn. (he's only 9 months but feels like a lifetime ago)

OneLittleToddleTerror Wed 16-Jul-14 13:00:33

Depends on the baby. I tried because that was what everyone told me to do. Then I figured out that DD didn't mind if I didn't burp her. So I wised up and stopped doing it.

dennant Tue 05-Aug-14 09:09:14

Bumping as mine is terrible at burping! Tried all the positions, laying on my knee, over shoulder, holding her head while leaning her forward, ricking back and forth....nothing, but she still balls herself up crying when we try and settle her after feed. She is currently combi fed due to other breastfeeding issues, and is 1wk old today!

Any advice appreciated.

ithoughtofitfirst Wed 06-Aug-14 09:06:49

I didn't spend long enough burning ds he had really bad colic. I'm going to try and make more of a point of doing it with this one (31 weeks pregnant) i remember him screaming for hours and the HV came, sat him up on her lap and rubbed his back and he let out a massive belch.

I was so clueless, looking back.

hubbahubster Wed 06-Aug-14 09:16:56

dennant is the problem happening all the time or just after either breast or bottle? You could try changing the type of bottles you use - she may be gulping too much air, not latching properly (to bottle or breast).

A mixture of back patting and rubbing works for me, winding-wise.

BaldricksTurnip Wed 06-Aug-14 09:33:38

I read somewhere that burping babies comes from bottle feeding- don't know if that's true. Apparently bottle fed babies swallow more air as they suck in a different way to breastfed babies. I breastfed all three of mine, burped them sometimes, other times I didn't. If they seemed all wriggly and unhappy after a feed I would sit them up, support their head under the chin and gently rub or pat their back. Most of the time especially in the early days they were in too much of a milk coma to even be awake while I was doing this but if they had a burp it would come out anyway.

hubbahubster Wed 06-Aug-14 12:48:11

Baldrick my EBF DC2 definitely needs burping or she'll posset a bit of milk. But then she's a greedy gulpy baby.

flipflopsonfifthavenue Wed 06-Aug-14 12:55:25

I used to hold DS up for a few minutes, then put him on my shoulder for a couple more. That was normally enough to allow him to burp if he was going to. I never did anything more than that. Often the act of going from lying to upright brings the air up to the top anyway smile along with a great deal of milk too, if I remember correctly!

I've heard that ebf babies don't need burping in the same way as ff babies, but like with anything, I guess its not a universal truth.

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