My DS is 5 days old and I'm paranoid that I'm not burping him properly and that he's going to choke when I lay him down to sleep.
The problem is that he doesn't always burp after a feed (I'm breast-feeding). I'm using a method shown to me by the health visitor where I support him from the front and he leans forward while I rub or tap his back. The midwife said I shouldn't lay him down until he has burped, but the problem is that this does sometimes produce a burp but not all the time. So my question is, how long do I carry on doing this for if he doesn't burp? Presumably after a while it's ineffectual?
Once he was a bit sick while I was asleep and I'm now so scared of him choking that I've sat up for hours and hours in the night too scared to lay him down. Consequently, I'm exhausted. Can anyone advise? Thank you.
Oh dear - well congratulations on your new baby. Some babies don't need burping DD rarely did. It's FINE to lay him down if he falls asleep when feeding. When he lays down if he lifts his legs up he's probably got wind in which case pick him up, hold his neck and support his chin and keep his back straight and wind will probably come up.
Even if he is sick when he's lying down he will NOT choke. Healthy babies do not choke on vomit - they just coat the sheet and themselves. But if you are really frightened why not elevate one end of his bed with bricks so his head is slightly raised.
Agree with wmmc. Sometimes when you cannot get a burp out there isn't one. Or it actually helps to put them down for ten minutes, then you get a nice burp when you pick them up again.
my ds was very greedy and fed superfast, always swallowed air but never vomited (still bf now at 8 months just weaning off for returning to work)and I used to do that. You can get hungup on burps, but there is really no need. Healthy newborns can turn their heads and will be fine when chucking in their cot.
DD would fall asleep, be laid down and ten minutes later go 'waaah, wahh' <fart> 'snoreeeee'
Don't worry though, there are lots of other things for you to panic about - and you will - we all have - once you've got over this particular worry. Welcome to the mummy world - it does get easier once you stop listening to advice from professionals.