Burping Baby

Jillian - posted on 02/09/2010 ( 13 moms have responded )

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Hello All,

My son is 11 days old and when I go to burp him he does not burp all the time. While Im burping him he seems to be in pain. I try to just rub his back and see if that helps but it doesn't. Is it normal for babies not to burp after every feeding? What are my options?



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He does fart while I'm trying to burp him. So he is letting out some gas.

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Sara - posted on 10/22/2012

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I'm going through the same thing with my son. he will burp like a champ some days, and other days he doesn't burp at all. We give him the gripe water and the little tummy's, but there are days he is in so much pain, all he does is scream. We have switched his formula, (he's 4 weeks today. I don't produce enough to keep him full.) 3 times. We move him around and switch positions, and he passes a lot of gas with out pain on the good days. But the bad days, he tenses up and screams when he farts. My mother in law thinks he has colic. Does any one have any other suggestions? We have switched bottles 3 times also. today is a no burp day, which means tomorrow is going to be a bad day.

Jess - posted on 02/11/2010

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My daughter was like this and if we didn't get all the wind out after a feed she would be passing it a few hours later very painfully at the other end..... We found a product called Infacol... not sure if its available where you are..... But it works by bringing all the air bubbles together so baby brings up 2 or 3 large bubbles rather than 20 little ones !



We found feeding, burping a little, changing the nappy and burping again worked because the change in position and the minutes spent laying down helped shift those stubborn bubbles.



We also found rubbing helped more than patting,but a deep rub. It really worked wonders !

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Shelley - posted on 02/11/2010

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Wow that sounds like my son! He is 5 weeks old and I have a hard time burping him. Like you, sometimes he does burp but most of the time he doesn't. I have at one point tried burping him for 45 mins...both sitting on my lap bent over and high over my shoulder....with no luck. Then I will sit him up and not 2 mins later...BURP and he also throws up...no spit up, more than that. He grunts alot when I feed him, and he does pass alot of gas out the other end. We did have him on Similac Advance but switched him to Enfamil Lower Iron, thinking the Iron might have been bothering him. So I too am looking for HELP!

Carol - posted on 02/10/2010

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My daughter was like that too. She is three months now. Try different positions. I find that if I hold her vertically or sitting for a while and then move her to a different possition she sometimes burp without patting or rubbing her back. The gripe water helps. And make sure he doesn't have any gas before sleeping, because he might vomit or get pain. Good luck! My daughter improved her burping really quick, so do not worry too much about it! Do your best...

Angel - posted on 02/10/2010

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my son was like that when i first had him..as long as he is farting then thats a good sign..but what i found that helped me big time was giving him gripe water and little tummys i think its called...what that does is it relives the pain from the gas built up and helps him burp or fart more so the gas is released...before i gave him that i would bounce him and see if that helped him and it did..but it didnt help every time i feed him so i gave him the gripe water or little tummys..good luck i hope this helps you..

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Hey Jillian, my son was also very difficult to burp.. I felt like it took an eternity for him to burp.. But patience is the key.. Patting the belly helps a lot too! Good luck!

Melissa - posted on 02/09/2010

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If you breastfeed, a lot of times they just dont need to burp, because there is no way air is getting in. I wouldn't worry about it, or try laying him on his tummy, or rub his tummy, over the shoulder, but if he isn't burping he probably just doesn't need to. If he farts then at least he isn't getting gas pains.

Candice - posted on 02/09/2010

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my daughter was hard to burp. just keep trying for a while...sometimes it takes a while. they won't always burp, but the idea is to try to get any air out from burping before it gets trapped in the belly...that's where it hurts them.

Melissa - posted on 02/09/2010

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I agree with Emily... try a different burping position. What was best for us was holding his chest (and supporting his neck), leaning him forward and burping. Over the shoulder is common, but you could also lay him across you lap (head hanging off you thigh) and burp him, that will also put pressure on his tummy which may help. Just make sure you have a cloth on the floor to catch any spit-up.

Amanda - posted on 02/09/2010

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Bounce him up and down a little bit, it helps the gas to seperate from the milk in his tummy. You can try to burp him more often during the feeding, and if you're bottle feeding you may want to change to a different type of bottle that may cause less gas

Emily - posted on 02/09/2010

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they dont always burp, but chances are if he seems like hes in pain he needs to burp. sometimes its just a matter of gettin them in the right position. when my son was first born i tried burping him so many different ways just bc some ways work better. & youll soon catch on to what helps your baby best. for my son it was propin him way up on my shoulder [so that there was a lot of pressure on his belly]. good luck!

Katie - posted on 02/09/2010

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MY son is 8 weeks today and he does the same I rub his back really hard and sometimes he burps and if he doesn't I pat his back until he does even if it means sittin there for an hour. You can even try rubbin his belly and then pattin him or maybe he hasn't eaten enough to burp good luck hope this helped

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