Winding your baby
When babies feed, especially when they feed from a bottle, they take in air. They also take in air when they cry before feeding. Read on for tips.
When babies feed, especially when they feed from a bottle, they take in air. They also take in air when they cry before feeding. If the air isn’t brought up, it will get trapped and cause discomfort later on. Burping your baby will bring up the air.
You and your baby will work out what’s needed with burping – some babies need regular burping throughout the feed, others only at the end. Watch your baby for signs of restlessness or distress, then stop feeding and give him time to burp.
- Hold your baby over your shoulder with his head resting on your shoulder
- Sit baby upright on your lap, but make sure you support his front and keep his body straight
- Lay baby face down across your lap with his head turned to one side
Once in position, gently pat and rub your baby’s back upwards to bring up the trapped wind.
It’s a good idea to have a muslin cloth or towel on hand to catch any dribbles or spit ups.