67 Answers

“Had a question . I have a 10 week old baby . When I feed him I usually stop to burp him half way. But recently he starts to cry and wiggle and I can’t seem to burp him until I give him the rest of his feed . Is this normal?”

Posted by anon 22/05/2013

Want more real mum questions sent to you?

You'll need to check this email to complete your signup.
Ask your question
  • Hehe I giggle because my daughter does this!! I would burp her half way but if I try to do that now I get an ear piercing scream! Lol so I just burp her after. She is 4 months old now and I stopped burping half way about a month ago. :)

  • Sounds like bub has a good appetite and doesn’t like the interruption to his feed. Burping him at the end of the feed would be the best thing in this case…

  • Also they will burp themselves and you will know baby no longer needs to be burped

  • With so many useful tips I hope things worked out well in the end

  • Mus b getting bigger and wanting more! That’s normal still try to burp in middle

  • great reply rach1292 – where did you source it?

    I think it was about that age (10 weeks) that my first started to burp naturally as I lifted her to change sides (breastfed)

  • I believe burping is old fashion. Just sitting them upright for a while should cause natural burping.

  • I was recommended at around 12 weeks I could stop the “burping half way through. My first always needed a break through he’s bottle, but my second would drink hers in one hit at round 10weeks. As long as they don’t have trouble with wind I don’t see the problem in giving him the whole bottle.

  • natural burping should happen just by them sitting upright after a feed. The rubbing & patting are a bit passé apparently.

  • Different things work for different people. Just do what works for you and your bub. If its easier to burp after the feed than mid-feed then do it that way.

  • Yeah that’s normal. Still try n burp him in middle and rub his back

  • After every bottle he should be burped.

  • I did it after every feed when i was breastfeeding.

  • 1. How can I tell if my baby needs to burp?

    Your baby may stop feeding, squirm, fidget or fuss during or after feeding if she needs to burp. Contrary to popular belief babies generally do not cry because they need to burp (but they do cry for many other reasons). Swallowed air in a baby’s tummy may provide a sensation of fullness, but it does not cause pain.

    Babies cry for many reasons, most of which have nothing to do with physical discomfort (see crying baby). A newborn baby will automatically draw up her legs when she becomes distressed for any reason and this is not a clear sign of tummy pain.

    2. Is it necessary to burp my baby?

    This depends on your individual baby. Some babies swallow more air during feeding than others, so they may need burping more often. Bottle fed babies tend to swallow more air than breastfed babies. It is not always necessary to burp a breastfed baby, but his would depend on your individual baby. Bottle fed babies generally need burping. As a guide, try to burp your bottle fed baby mid way and at the end of her feed.

    If your baby is swallowing a lot of air during feeding the reason may be that she’s not latching-on to your breast deeply enough (see Breastfeeding basics for more on latch-on) or the bottle feeding nipple may not be suitable (see Feeding equipment for tips on choosing a feeding nipple) and/or she may be feeding too quickly (see How long should bottle feeding take?)

    3. How long should I burp my baby for?

    There is no set time frame to burp a baby and no set number of burps. Every baby is different. How long you would continue to try to burp your baby would depend on your baby’s individual circumstances.

    Parents generally spend too much time burping their baby rather than too little time. This may result in your baby being kept awake longer than she should, and in doing so increases the risk of her becoming over-tired. It can then become very difficult to tell if she is then crying because of gas (wind) or tiredness.

    Your newborn baby will be ready for sleep very soon after feeding. It’s important that you do not spend too long trying to burp her.

    4. What if my baby doesn’t burp?

    It can be very difficult to get a ‘sleepy baby’ to burp! After feeding, if your baby is content but does not burp within 5 minutes of trying, there’s no need to continue. She won’t burp every time!

    Some babies will cry if you stop during feeding to try to burp them because they want to continue feeding. If your baby is crying but does not burp within 1 or 2 minutes return to feeding.

    5. If my baby doesn’t burp will this cause any problems?

    RARELY! Swallowed air may provide a feeling of fullness, which may mean your baby won’t drink as much milk as she would otherwise, but the only downside to this is she will demand her next feed sooner. Sometimes a little or a lot of milk can come up with a burp. This is normal. (See gastro-esophageal reflux if your baby often spits up when she’s not burping.)

    Swallowing some air during feeding is unavoidable, so it’s important to not ‘stress out’ over it. In most situations, swallowed air will cause your baby no discomfort whatsoever. The swallowed air will either be absorbed by her body or pass right through.

    A baby’s distress is commonly blamed on “trapped air, which causes colic”. Swallowed air is not a reason for colic. Because distressed babies often swallow additional air as they cry, they frequently bring up a bubble or two after crying for long periods. This can be confusing for parents because it is easily mistaken as the reason for crying, when in reality it was simply a side effect of crying.

    A small number of babies may experience discomfort from excessive gas hat is produced in their intestines, which is commonly coupled with frequent watery bowel movements. However, these symptoms which can be related to a number of different reasons such as: an immature digestive system; a digestive disorder; an inappropriate diet; or over-feeding, are not due to swallowed air. (See Infant gas for more information.)

    6. Do colic/wind mixture help?

    NOT MUCH! The side effects of colic/wind mixtures or medications may potentially create greater problems than the gas (wind) itself. Studies have shown that a small amount of sugar water is just as effective as may colic/wind mixtures in helping a baby to burp.

    If you decide to use a colic/wind medication, it’s important to avoid mixtures that contain a sedative or alcohol. These can appear to relieve your baby’s gas, but in reality they do little more than sedate her. (If you are not sure what’s in a colic/wind mixture or medication, ask your doctor or pharmacist.)

    Far more effective than using mixtures or medications is to reduce the amount of air your baby swallows in the first place by ensuring a deep latch-on when breastfeeding (see Breastfeeding basics) or using a suitable feeding nipple and making sure your baby does not feed too quickly

  • Your baby’s lips will be a bluey purpley color or he may even cry from the tummy pains

Post you answer
Like Facebook page

LIKE MoM on Facebook

What is your answer to that question?
Would you like to include a photo?
No picture uploaded yet.
Please wait to see your image preview here before hitting the submit button.
Your MoM account

Lost your password?

Enter your email and a password below to post your answer and join MoM:

↥ Back to top

Thanks For Your Star Rating!

Would you like to add a written rating or just a star rating?

Write A Rating Just A Star Rating