Do breastfed babies burp less?

Mattee - posted on 12/09/2009 ( 20 moms have responded )

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My son is really hard to get to burp, but he farts alot... is it the breastfeeding that makes him have less burps??

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Alecia - posted on 12/11/2009

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Most B/F babies burp less. It is the same concept as the bag bottles. There is no air to get in there because a/there is no air in ur breast and b/ the seal of their mouth prevents alot of air from getting in. All my kids were hard to burp at first, so I started changing positions to burp them and sitting on my knee and holding them as upright as I could seemed to work. (but ever child is diff) As far as gas goes that could be from swallowed air or it could be what you are eating. Certain veggies give babies gas. As I do believe spicy things do too?

Anne - posted on 12/11/2009

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definitely their position when they are being fed and their suction to the breast help aid in the production of air in the bellies!
mother of 4 breast fed babies...
~Anne from NY

Anita - posted on 12/11/2009

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been BFing for 10 weeks & just started supplementing with formula to help baby's weight gain... I notice he has to burp a lot more now that he also gets formula....so I think breastfed babies have less gas in general...

Bethan - posted on 12/10/2009

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My 12 week old deffinately farts alot more than she burps, we usually get one big burp out of her after a feed and then she she farts alot a while after the feed. I did hear somewhere that breast fed babys dont take as much air in while they feed and that they get their wind in the lower gut which causes the bottom burps.

Ashley - posted on 12/09/2009

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In the hospital I told the nurses my son was hard to get a burp out of and they said beastfed babies tend to burp less. My son gets a lot of gas and we use little tummies you may want to see if your dr is ok w/some type of gas drop if he tends to be fussy. It has really helped our little one.

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Bethan - posted on 12/14/2009

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I have just had to start supplementing too as baby not gaining weight, only a couple of oz after she comes off the breast but she has deffinately been experiencing an increase in wind, cant believe such big burps come from such a little baby.

Tenea - posted on 12/11/2009

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I believe the burping just depends on the baby. My son burps ALOT but the dr said that some babies do not burp at all after a feeding. There isnt anything wrong with him not burping as long as he is passing gas some way, and it seems like it's out the other end. lol

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My lil girl was extremely hard to get a burp out of too! I thought that was the strangest thing! I had seen other women pat their babies just a few times and BURrrPPP nothing with my baby but it has gotten way better now and I dont have to pat her for literally 5 min anymore. SHE FARTS ALOT TOO lol

Betty - posted on 12/10/2009

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I have my son burp everytime he pulls off. The size of them vary. But he definately farts alot too!

Hannah - posted on 12/10/2009

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I seem to be the exception here, my daughter can produce some awesome, very unlady like burps!

Elizabeth - posted on 12/09/2009

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Our girl can be quite hard to get to burp, but when she does they're always impressive. It's irksome, as she'll then get all grumpy with air in her gut until she either farts (if she was a rocket, she'd *totally* achieve lift-off!) or poops.
I've found tummy time is quite effective at getting her to burp.. of course, it's therefore a bit of a messy enterprise!

Jamie - posted on 12/09/2009

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I've read that since breastfed babies have a more secure latch on the breast there is less swallowing of air so less of a need to burp. Both my girls never burped much. My youngest though would spit up sooo much LOL. But my dr and I concluded that to a fast let down and getting too much milk at once. Along with everyone else breastfed babies do fart a lot. It doesn't help that it sounds like they are going to explode out their diaper when they poop.

Sylvia - posted on 12/09/2009

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It's hard to say -- I didn't know any bottle-fed babies when DD was a baby. She didn't burp much, though it's true. And she farted like a champion farting machine ;^)

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I think they may burp less than bottle fed babies because they swallow less air while nursing but it depends on the kid

Hazel - posted on 12/09/2009

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I did read yesterday actually that breastfed babies burp a lot less than formula fed, and it isn't essential for them to burp after every feed. But in saying that I guess every little one is different, as my bub burps about 3 times per feed?

April - posted on 12/09/2009

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If your feeding straight from your breast there is usually less gas the baby can get. If you give him the bottle thats usually where the gas comes from.

Traci - posted on 12/09/2009

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My little girl is a fart MACHINE. I mean to tell you what... I never knew such a little person could rival even her Dad in the depth and bass of those boomers.

And yes, she burps a lot less :) I got a book on infant massage that really helped with her non-stop rooty tooties.

Alethia - posted on 12/09/2009

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I think burping is a personal thing. I personally breastfed my baby and the only time she ever vomited was when she was sick and she never needed to be burped, she just passed wind a heap! So if you go off the both of us, breast fed babies fart instead of burp lol. As long as he's happy there would be nothing to worry about.

Teressa - posted on 12/09/2009

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My son did the same thing. He is 8 months old and pootin' along. But seriously breast fed babies are fed in a more upright position and they can control the flow of milk at the breast so they suck slower which helps them coordinate breathing and sucking which will cut down on the amount of air they take in.

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