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Megan - posted on 04/25/2010 ( 6 moms have responded )




My 11 week old baby girl hardly ever burps after eating. I am breastfeeding, so i know she isn't getting as much air as if i were using a bottle. However, it worries me that she will spit up in her sleep and choke. I have sat for 30 minutes using different positions trying to burp her. She has even fallen asleep with me trying to burp her. is this normal?


Jamie - posted on 04/26/2010




My daughter doesn't burp every feeding. Sometimes, it helps to lay her down for a few minutes after eating, then pick her up to burp. When I do that, she burps much easier. Once your baby is sitting up on their own, you don't need to burp them anymore. They should be able to handle it on their own.

Emily - posted on 04/25/2010




Yep, normal. She may just be growing out of the need to have a big burp after nursing. It was around that age that both my kids stopped burping regularly. Or at least, needing me to burp them. Your baby will be fine. :)

Jennifer - posted on 04/25/2010




Mine wasn't a great burper at that age either. Now he's a freaking champ! I've read that babies will instinctively turn their head to the side if they're laying on their backs and spit up or vomit, so that should be a bit of a comfort for you. I agree with Leigh though, the burp cloth under the head really does save you sheet changes (; I especially liked the Carters "lap pads," I think they're called.

Along the same lines, when do you stop actively burping your baby after a feeding, or do you just always do it? (Mine's 7.5 mos) Miles seems to burp well on his own a lot of the time.

Leigh - posted on 04/25/2010




My son wasn't the best burper either. He got better at it as he got older. As for the choking when sleeping concern. He spit up multiple times in his sleep (lying on his back) and never once did I hear him cough/choke. I saw him do it on a few occassions and it kind of shot out of his mouth and ended up running down his check and neck. I used to put a burpcloth under his head b/c I had to change his sheet all the time. Now that he is older he burps much better and rarely ever spits up. Sometimes he burps right away but most times he is what I would call a delayed burper - it usually comes out of nowhere a while after he eats and I have given up on the back patting.

Andrea - posted on 04/25/2010




falling asleep? yes :) especially if you are patting, it's very soothing :) Have you tried just rubbing her back in a circular motion while she is either on your shoulder, or on your lap? Being on the belly helps, and rubbing vs patting has always been better for my baby.


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Megan - posted on 04/28/2010




I have been so worried, When we were in the hospital the Nurse stressed the need to burp after eating and it scared me. With the worry of SIDS her not burping had me unable to sleep. I was waking up every few hours even when she has been sleeping throught the night.

Thank You all so very much!

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