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What Happens If My Baby Doesn't Burp?

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 2

Burping your baby make feel like a challenge. However, before you get really frustrated with the experience there are somethings that you should know about burping your baby. Knowing these things could change how you feel about the experience.

Why Do We Burp The Baby?
As the baby is swallowing milk from the breast or the bottle it may swallow air. This air fills up its little tummy and makes the baby feel over full. This can cause him or her to stop eating before they are done, can be very uncomfortable, and can cause the air to move into the intestines and cause further discomfort. To make sure we help get the air out as soon as possible we burp the baby. Burping the baby forces the air up as a burp before it causes discomfort and helps to assure that the baby can eat as much as it needs to to feel full.

What If My Baby Doesn’t Burp?
Some times you can try all of the methods and find yourself without a burp. This can lead to frustration and worry. However, there are a few things to consider before getting upset about it.

  1. Breast fed babies typically swallow a lot less air than bottle fed babies. Some new nipple technologies and anti air bottles are changing this to some degree, but as a whole it still remains true.
  2. Some babies naturally swallow more air than others. Sometimes watching your babies eating habits can help you to identify whether or not this is true for your baby.
  3. While you don’t want your baby to be uncomfortable, it isn’t going to hurt them. They will live no matter what. So you don’t have to fear for their safety if you don’t get a burp.

How Long Should I Try To Burp My Baby
It is important that you try and burp your newborn baby after each feeding and usually once in the middle of feeding. However, you should only burp them for about five minutes. The only time you need to worry about getting out a difficult burp is if your baby is fussy and you think it might be caused by gas trapped in either the stomach or the intestines. In this case you would want to work on trying to get out a burp.

How Old Should My Baby Be When I Stop Burping Them?
It is very complicated to know when you should stop burping. This is because it often has to do with your baby’s age and development. In most cases there are two major events that make it so that the baby burps less and can burp more on their own.

  • Solid foods. As a baby starts taking in solids the need to be burped starts diminishing. This is usually around the age of four to six months.
  • Movement. As a baby can move more they can burp more without your efforts. This starts around four months when a baby learns to roll over and often goes all the way to about eight months.

These two things make it so that you no longer need to burp them. When your baby is really ready for it is something you will need to decide. Most experts agree that six to eight months is best.

When You Should Work At Getting a Burp
When your baby is fussy and you think it is because a burp then you should take the time to burp them. It can be hard, but there are several burping positions that you can try and you can share the burden with others in your family. If it still doesn’t get rid of the crying then it is likely that the problem is something else.

A Note About Colic
The first thing that you should note is that there are many people who believe that colic is caused from not burping a baby. This information isn’t accurate, but is often continued on with “proof” because colic-y babies often burp after long crying sessions. However, these burps are from air swallowed during the crying session rather than the crying being because of trapped air.

A Note About GERD
Often babies with gastric issues such as GERD need additional burping in order to keep things down. However, this is something you should talk about with your babies doctor and that you may need to experiment with in order to figure out what works best for your baby.

In most cases you shouldn’t worry about it. Your baby is okay. However, if you are really worried about it then you should talk to your doctor about it. He or she can give you more information that is directly related to your baby. However, not every baby needs to burp, not every baby will need to burp every time, and if you keep trying to burp a baby that doesn’t need to be burped you may cause them to miss out on important sleep and you may end up making them very grumpy.



Feb 5, 2011 8:33pm
Great article! As an old mom now, I can chuckle at things like this that used to send me into a panic! Now I have a hard time stopping my twins from burping,a s they can do it on demand!
Feb 15, 2011 12:50pm
Thanks mommymommymommy! Being a new mom is definitely a stressful time full of a lot of questions. My four year old learned how to burp from his grandpa and there are times that getting him to stop is a lot of work! :-P
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