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Health Tip: Burping Your New Baby

- To avoid a gassy, fussy baby, burping is an important part of every feeding.

Here are suggestions on how to burp your young infant, courtesy of the Nemours Foundation:

  • Sit upright, holding your baby against your chest so that the chin is against your shoulder.
  • OR: Sit your baby upright on your lap or knee, holding the chin gently in your hand.
  • Always support your baby's head.
  • Gently pat the infant's back, but not too hard.
  • If your baby seems fussy during feedings, stop the feeding a few times and burp him or her throughout, then again when the infant is done eating.
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Posted: November 2007

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