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How To Burp Your Baby

See what baby burping positions may work for your baby and learn some burping tricks


When your baby nurses or bottle feds, they swallow some amount of air. That air can make them gassy, uncomfortable, and fussy; which is why it’s important to burp your baby regularly during feedings.

When should I burp my baby?

At a minimum, you will want to burp after every 2-3 ounces when bottle-feeding, or in-between sides if you are breastfeeding. If your little one seems especially gassy, you may want to consider trying to burp them more frequently.  

Each baby is different, and there isn’t a set rule for how long you should burp them or how many times you should notice them releasing gas. You will learn how long you need to burp them by spending time getting to know your baby. As your baby gets older, you won’t need to worry about burping them as much since they will learn to eat without swallowing so much air.

How Do I Burp By Baby?

There are several techniques you can use to burp your baby, and none of them are really right or wrong.  Some babies may prefer one position, while others seem to do better in another.

Here are 3 burping positions you can try:

1. Burping Over Your Shoulder

a mom burping her newborn baby over her shoulder

Traditionally, to burp a baby place them facing you, up against your chest with their head on your shoulder and lightly pat their back. You can alternate between light pats and rubbing in circles.

2. Sitting on your lap

a dad burping his baby while holding him upright in his lap

Another position you may try is to sit baby up on your lap, making sure to support the head in your hand (don’t grab them by the throat- but make sure their chin is in the palm of your hand). With the other hand, lightly pat their back and alternate to rubbing in small circular motions.

3. Face down across your lap

a mom burping her newborn baby while holding her baby across her lap

One other common position is to lay baby on their belly on your lap and, similar to the other positions, lightly pat and rub their back.

What if burping does not work?

If you have fed your baby, they fall asleep, but suddenly wake up fussy, you may want to try to burp them and put them back to sleep. There are times, that even after burping your baby, your little one is still struggling with gas or fussiness. If you have tried to increase the amount you burp your baby and they are still struggling with this on a regular basis, make sure to mention it to their pediatrician so that you can take a look at other causes, such as reflux.

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