Is it important for babies to burp after feeding?

Lydia - posted on 01/30/2013 ( 7 moms have responded )

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After my 2 month old is done breastfeeding, is it that important that she burps afterwards? Sometimes she'll just go straight to sleep.

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DeeDee - posted on 01/31/2013

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I have had a few babies that didn't get burped very often but would sometimes pay for it with fussiness. But you can burp a baby without disturbing them too much. Sometimes laying my baby on her left side and rubbing her back does the trick, otherwise I have lain her on my chest and gentle patted and rubbed. My newest baby needs more burping, so I know there is a spectrum. She swallows a lot of air as she nurses for some reason.
FYI the reason for laying baby on the left side is because of the direction that the stomach lies in the body. When on the left side then gravity holds the food down and the air can rise toward the esophagus.
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Elfrieda - posted on 01/31/2013

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If she's fussy when she doesn't burp, then she needed to burp. If not, don't worry about it! I find that often my daughter will eat a bit more slowly at night and then not always need to burp, but during the day she gobbles everything up and then she definitely needs a burp or she will scream.

If you're not sure, and you don't want to wake her up, sometimes it works to just lie her against your chest kind of upright and maybe rub her a little bit, that way any bubbles can gently make their way up without you risking waking her by patting her back.

Sophia - posted on 01/30/2013

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Mine didn't burp often either. I too breastfed. I've heard from others also that when breastfeeding, they don't get gassy as often because there's less air getting through. However, my little guy was more of a farter (lol) I guess however way gas gets out. So I guess they do get gassy even when breastfeeding. My guy never got fussy at night. He slept pretty well.

Danicia - posted on 01/30/2013

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try your best to burp her, sometimes if baby still has bubbles that aren't burped out, they can travel down into the intestines and towards the other end but that can be extremely uncomfortable for baby and will lead to you having one cranky and irritable baby on your hands. I learned the hard way on that with my daughter!

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Sara - posted on 02/07/2013

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It really depends on the baby! My daughter had to be burped and not only just for a second, as she always spit up. But if baby is not fussing or spitting up then it's okay!

Melissa - posted on 02/03/2013

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it is not necessary to burp breast fed babies each time, if your baby needs to burp they will let you know it. As certified in lactation I tell my clients that you don't need to wake a sleeping baby to burp them.

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