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Active and deep burping techniques for baby



Get the winds out


Some babies simply don't burp very easily. Or they may release a burp but you'll still feel that something is stuck, that a wind is still trapped. This can lead to discomfort and indigestion, most notable in the time soon after feeding.

The best way to resolve this is to learn these active burping techniques. By moving the baby through a variety of positions and with a little consistent effort, the burps will start to come up more easily:

  • do each of the 6 positions after each feed, except in the early hours of the morning

  • try to do them in order if possible as the first positions are for shallow or easy burps - we want to limit the chances of throwing up some milk when we do these

  • try to do them just before you feed (at least once a day). it may be the best time to get a deep burp to release. if successful, do the position that works more regularly before you start the feed

  • if they do bring up a little milk, don't panic. we'd rather get the winds out!

  • if they don't seem to like a position, move on to the next one

  • don't expect to get burps out every time - 75% is a good target

  • do them daily for 5 days and you should see a marked improvement

  • once they are burping more easily, just do the techniques that work


Overview: Individual techniques below


1. Over the shoulder

Start with this standard technique and see if a shallow, easy to release burp will pop up.


2. Seated over the hand

This technique uses body weight to shift milk and gas around.


3. Wiggle waggle

Gentle movements to open up the area below ribs or flanks.


4. Trampoline

Another technique that uses body weight to shift milk and gas around.


5. Water balloon

Imagine massaging a full water balloon to mobilse the area around the stomach and try get the bubble to rise upward.


6. Face down

By massaging gently from the bottom of the spine in an upward direction, some burps are released.



Remember:
  • do each of the 6 positions for 30-60 seconds each

  • whole routine is around 8 minutes - try not to carry on too long

  • if they don't seem to like a position, move on to the next one

  • do them daily for 3 - 5 days and you should see a marked improvement