42 weeks

Q&A: How To Burp A Baby?

I feel like I'm not burping my baby right. It takes forever! What am I doing wrong?

Burping helps baby get rid of air swallowedduring feeding, and keeps them from spitting up and becoming cranky and gassy.In other words, burping benefits you just as much as it does baby. Burp whenyou switch breasts, or for every two to three ounces she gulps down. Try one ofthese techniques, and if you still have trouble, remember the good news: Byfive or six months, baby will practically burp herself.

[  ] Lay baby belly-down down on your lap, with her headabove her chest, and pat her back.

[  ] Hold baby facing your chest, with her chinon your shoulder. Use one hand to support her head and the other to rub herback. Or, face her outward and leaning a bit forward, supporting her neck andchest with one hand.

[  ] If baby can hold her head up, try standing and holdher against your body, facing outward. Then apply gentle pressure on herstomach as you walk around the room.

Find the position that works best for your little one, and don't be afraid topat firmly. Infants are tougher than they seem, and being too gentle won'tburst those air bubbles that are bugging your babe.

By Paula Kashtan