Is there a stage at which you dont need to burp baby after feeds??

Maxine - posted on 05/23/2010 ( 11 moms have responded )

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My 5mth old is getting harder and harder to burp. Will it always be necessary to burp her after feeds?

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Becca - posted on 05/23/2010

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I was told that around 6months kids are able to burp themselves but somedays I find I still have to help my son burp (he's 10months). I did notice it was harder to get him to burp around that age and didn't worry too much if he didn't burp. I find though that if he seems uncomfortable bouncing him on my knee or my hip will help the air come up and he thinks it's a game so it's fun for him.

Elissa - posted on 05/23/2010

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About this stage she should be beginning to get rid of the wind herself. Also her gut is more mature and her feeding should be more efficient which means less wind in general. So unless her tummy is distended or she shows discomfort you may not have to wind her at all.

If she has wind but its not shifting try massaging her tummy in the direction the colon goes (from bottom right in clockwise direction to bottom left) or put her on her back and lift and rotate her legs, again from right to left.

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Gwen - posted on 05/25/2010

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Hi this sounds like the attaching of the nipple by the baby is not a giving a good seal and she is sucking a lot of air when feeding. Try different positions and make her attach fully.

Gwen - posted on 05/25/2010

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Hi I fed three kids well and they do get harder to burp if there is no pain in the gut later on in the night I wouldn't worry too much but if you have pain you need to get something from the chemist to add with the feeding to ensure the burps come up and not go down. It helps to keep them upright for a time and not let them stay flat after feeding. I used to change positions like lay them down to change them and when you lift them up to the shoulder after they often burp and the position has dislodged the air bubbles. Hope this helps.

Deana M. - posted on 05/24/2010

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I noticed this too when my daughter was around that age. She's 8 months now and I dont even have to burp her anymore...she just does it on her own if she needs to.

Jayne - posted on 05/24/2010

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my baby girl (3mo) farts HEAPS does that mean our latch is bad? it doesn't hurt at all...

Elissa - posted on 05/24/2010

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I totally agree April. My problem with Struan was lots of colic from a bad latch which took me weeks to correct. But there used to be myth that breastfed babies couldn't get colic or have problems with wind and this has been shown to be false, although good positioning and attachment reduces it significantly. Older babies tend to be better at it anyway - plus latching problems are often corrected by this point hopefully.

April - posted on 05/23/2010

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i never burped my EBF baby, not even as a newborn. he always had a good latch. breastfed babies are less likely to swallow air bubbles...it is more common with bottle fed babies.

Cavell - posted on 05/23/2010

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I gave up trying to burp my daughter when she was around 2mths. She would hold it in and a couple times we had to use gripe water because she was in pain, but then she started to let it out when she felt like it anyways. Now she just burps when she changes position from sitting to laying or vice versa. We told her pediatrician about her holding it in and he said as long as it wasn't bothering her not to worry too much. We figure it'll come out one way or another either way.

Marabeth - posted on 05/23/2010

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i never burped my daughter when she nursed laying down (co-sleeping) and it never caused a problem. when she nursed awake/sitting up most times by 5-6 months the air would come out on its own when she bent at the waist. i think generally you'll know if you need to keep burping if your baby spits up from not being burped.

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