Some things your baby will do
SO HOW DO YOU BURP YOUR BABY?
- Lay him against your shoulder.
- Straighten his body and legs out by stroking down his back and legs firmly. You want his belly flat against you.
- Gently pat or rub his back rhythmically until a burp comes out.
- You can also wind your baby by sitting him in your lap, supporting his head and chest under his chin while you rub or pat his back with your other hand. Keep his back straight.
- If nothing comes out about thirty seconds there may be nothing there, but you have to get to know your own baby on this one.
- Try this mid-feed if he seems uncomfortable or is pulling away but hasn’t had much milk.
HERE ARE THREE SICK-MINIMISING THINGS TO TRY:
- Burp him halfway through a feed and avoid bouncing him around too much afterwards.
- If bottle-feeding, check that the teat is suitable for his age. There are different `flow’ sizes: slow for newborns, getting faster for bigger babies. If the flow is too fast, it may cause him to throw up. You can also ask your health visitor about other feeding-bottle teats that might help.
If breastfeeding, check that he is latched on well.
TALK TO YOUR GP IF:
- He is throwing up frequently and not gaining weight.
- He is gagging or coughing a lot.
- He seems to be in pain
- You’re just worried