Full and content, your bundle of joy needs to expel tummy air.
‘Burping’ is done to expel the air that the baby gulps while feeding. While breast fed babies take in less air than bottle fed babies, there is still the need to help the baby burp. There are different ways to ‘burping’ a baby. Most Asians burp their babies by draping the baby over the shoulder so that the shoulder gently puts pressure on the baby’s stomach. While the baby is draped over the mother’s shoulder, gently rub the baby’s back, starting at the lower back and work your way up. Repeat until the baby burps.
Another way is the over the hand burp. With baby sitting on your lap, place the heel of your hand against baby’s tummy. Let baby lean forward with her chin resting on top of your hand. With your other hand, gently rub baby on the lower back and work your way up. This expels the air in his stomach.
For more confident mothers, you could do the over the lap burp wherein you lay baby on your lap (or across your knees) on his/her belly. Make sure that you support baby’s head and that it is higher than his/her chest. Then, gently rub the small of baby’s back, pushing the air upward.
To expel extra gas, mothers could do the knee to chest burp. Simply lay baby on a mattress and flex baby’s knees to the chest. Doing this a few times will expel air out of baby’s bottom.