Does Baby Need to Burp after Every Feed?

Does Baby Need to Burp after Every Feed?


“I am having trouble getting my baby to burp after feeds. Is it important for her burp after every feed?”




Our Answer: 

It’s not a problem if your baby doesn’t burp every time. Breastfed babies don’t necessarily get a lot of air during feeding. It is worth trying for a few minutes but if you get a burp, consider it a bonus.

A burp may be accompanied by a little milk. Small spit-ups are normal – it simply means more laundry!

If your baby has a forceful spit-up that “shoots across the room”, we suggest you check with your healthcare provider, particularly if it happens more than once a day.


2 popular burping positions:


Over your shoulder.



Support your baby’s bottom with one arm and pat the back with the other.





Seated on your lap.



Lean your baby slightly forward. Support her by holding the lower jaw with your thumb and fingers on opposite sides.




Which burping position works best for your baby?


Related posts: You Asked: Baby Prefers One Breast and How to Prepare for a New Baby on a Budget.

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Cindy and Jana are Registered Nurses and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants who have assisted over 20,000 families.


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