At what age do babies stop needing to be burped after every feeding? When will they eventually learn the sensation and burp when they need to on their own?

asked 02 Nov '09, 15:08

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My understanding is that every baby is different but most don't need to be burped when they can sit up and start to burp on their own. But, some babies are very gassy and get bad stomach cramps and may need more help longer.

We stopped burping my boys at 6 months old, as whenever we just picked them up, sat them up or moved them, they would burp on their own. We also found when we were trying to burp them, it was taking a very long time and we weren't getting anything out of them, so they seemed like they were doing it better on their own.

Here is a website that says "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." So its really up to you and your baby :)


answered 02 Nov '09, 16:31

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The advice given to us from the Credit Valley Hospital Occupational Therapist was to attempt burping for no more than 5 minutes at a time. If the baby does not burp, resume normal activities. If after a few minutes the child seems agrivated, you can attempt burping again for no more than 5 minutes. They also told us to rub the back or gently pat but do not bang the back or ever knead the stomach. The child may not burp every time and that is perfectly ok. They also said that once the baby can sit up on its own you no longer need to burp them.


answered 02 Nov '09, 23:43

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We had heard that bottlefed babies may need to be burped more than those breastfed, here is a small quote that gives a good explanation from a website with a section on How to burp your baby

In many instances, a breastfed baby won’t need as much burping as a bottle-fed one will. The faster flow of milk from bottle nipples forces babies to gulp air in between closely-spaced swallows. Breastfed babies have more control of the flow of milk at the breast and so they suck with a slower rhythm that allows for better breathing and swallowing coordination. Breastfed babies tend to be fed in a more upright position also, enjoying smaller and more frequent feedings. This contributes to less air being swallowed. Still, even breastfed babies need to be burped occasionally, especially if their mother has a strong milk ejection reflex, or they are fast eaters.

I particularly like the Burping Suggestions section because it offers varied and in my opinion good examples of how to burp a baby.

My husband always used to hold our daughter over his shoulder, and we only later realised why this position worked so well and quickly, the light pressure on the tummy made burping easier!

Agreeing with Shannon, every baby is different and you will understand from the movements, facial expressions and other behavioral patterns after feeds, whether your little one needs help with burping or whether he/she can handle it on his own.

Good luck!


answered 03 Nov '09, 13:44

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