How to burp a baby

Whether feeding from the breast or from a bottle, a baby may swallow air that forms a bubble in the stomach and makes the baby feel full.

To protect the baby from discomfort, get this bubble up by burping the child in the middle of a feeding and again at the end. Here are three ways to do it:

  1. Hold the baby against your shoulder and pat or rub his or her back.
  2. Sit the baby upright in your lap, supporting the chest and neck with one hand. Pat or rub the back with the other. It may help to rock the baby back and forth at the same time.
  3. Lay the baby face down across your knees, then pat his or her back as you rock the infant gently back and forth.

Whichever way you do it, be sure to put a clean cloth below the baby’s mouth to catch any spit-up that may come with the burp.