How long should I try to make my baby burp??

Rafaela - posted on 08/09/2009 ( 10 moms have responded )

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Sometimes I try for 30 minutes and nothing! I think that not burping could be the cause of her spitting up so much... could that be true??

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Christina - posted on 08/09/2009

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Well, 30 mins is a loooonnggg time. you must be tired girl! i have a stubborn little burper too. i get a full body workout trying to get burps out of him. i don't do just the over the shoulder pat on back. move her around. even as a newborn i would sit him sideways on my lap, head supported in one hand bent all the way over so there was pressure on his belly and pat his back... also what i just found helps is to rub their chest. right in the middle up and down then pat her on her back... or lay her across your legs and wiggle a little bit. if it doesn't come after you try a few different positions then there isn't a burp i'm guessing! gotta get creative sometimes! i'm coming up with new stuff all the time! and i do think if they don't burp they'll spit up because my son always spits up to the point it comes out of his nose if i don't get his burps out! well have fun, i know i always do lol

Randi - posted on 08/09/2009

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I found that the more I tried to burp my son the more he would spit up. He would often burp himself just from me moving him into a different position. My Dr said that some baby's often self burp and to not force it. I stopped trying it so much and he burped on his own more often and quit throwing up so much. I also don't know if you breast of bottle feed and that could play a roll as well, I was nursing.

Betty - posted on 08/09/2009

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He could be spitting up because you try burping for so long. She's a little lady. You don't have to make her burp if she dosn't want to.

Biljana - posted on 08/11/2009

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I had the same issue and asked the doctor about it. She actually said that there is new evidence to suggest that you dont need to force a burp. If the child needs to burp simply moving them from a nursing position to up will allow for a burp, if nothing happens then they are not ready to burp. If you put her down in her crib and she gets fussy then pick her up again. I used to lay mine on the side and if she was going to spit up it would just come out that way. If she needed to burp she'd have awhine and so i'd pick her up and she'd burp on her way up. You dont want to be up all night trying to burp her, you need to rest also ;-)

Katarina - posted on 08/09/2009

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I'm not sure if spitting up is a sign of not burping but my son was never much for burping either. Sometimes he would burp right away and other times he wouldn't burp at all. I took this concern to my Dr and he said that sometimes they don't need to burp and they'll let you know if they change their minds. I'd say give it 10-20 minutes or until your baby tells you he/she has had enough.

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Rafaela - posted on 08/09/2009

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hehehe, I totally .agree with you... but since my doctor told me I had to give it a try (for at least 30 minutes!!) that is what I have been doing...
But when she doesnt want to burp she just doesnt... so, I'll try some of the tips I got here and if it doesnt work I'll just let the poor baby rest!

Rafaela - posted on 08/09/2009

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Yes... 30 minutes is a long time... specially at 4am! :)
I tried putting her on my lap, as you said, but she doesnt seem to like it... I'll try to rub her chest tonite and see what happens... who knows, it might actually work for us! :)
Thanks for the tips!

Brittany - posted on 08/09/2009

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my daughter was the same way i would lightly bounce her on my knee and then burp her seems to help. and if she didnt burp she would spit. up so not sure it thats ur case but thats how mine was

Rafaela - posted on 08/09/2009

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That is exactly what happens to Julia... the more I try to make her burp the more I feel she spits up...
I'll try to see if she begins burping on her on for a few days to see how that goes! :)

Melanie - posted on 08/09/2009

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My oldest had GERD and we would have to burp him every 2-3 ounces. After about five min of trying to get to burp, I'd give him another ounce or two, and try burping another 5 min or so. I don't know when your baby's next dr. appt. is, but you may want to bring up this issue with the dr.

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