The three keys to producing that elusive yet satisfying burp involves:

  1. Timing
  2. Positioning
  3. Expectations

Timing
The natural timing of the perfect burp is ¾ of the way through a feeding and at the end. Breastfeeding specific- in between sides and at the end.
Burping sessions last 2-3 minutes tops (this is a sprint – not a marathon).

Positioning

  • Over the shoulder with some light pats that go from the middle of the back upwards.
  • Our fav – “the waffle iron” – see momsoncall.com/videos (not a real appliance – just a description of how to position a baby so their legs actually put a little pressure on that sweet spot right under the rib cage that helps the bigger air bubble get to the top)
  • Repositioning – Just like a coke bottle that has an air bubble at the bottom, in order to get it to the top – you reposition. Recline the baby and then place them in a seated position a bit more over their thighs and then pat the back from middle to upper area x 1 min then repeat – recline/sit up/ pat-pat-pat. Do that three times and the third time may produce a burp upon sitting up!

Expectations
If that burp does not appear within about 3 minutes… then we manage expectations. Not all babies are designed to burp well. What does not come out the attic will come out the basement – so it is not essential to burp with every feeding. It is OK to move on.