Do I really need to burp my baby after every feed?

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As the mother of two reflux babies, burping was practically a hobby we did it so much.

Baby over the left shoulder, burping and rocking, and more often than not a trail of vomit down my back or on the floor.

Apologies for that visual!

Dark colours were quickly tossed from the wardrobe, and muslin baby wraps draped over the shoulder also became de rigueur for those first six months.

But if your baby doesn’t have reflux, do you really need to burp your baby after every feed? 

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Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue’s advice

As it turns out, no you don’t – well, unless you really want to.

Mothercraft nurse Chris Minogue said that burping to alleviate baby’s wind is only relevant when a baby is less than 12 weeks old.

According to Chris, it comes down to the physiology of a baby. 

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You can stop burping your baby after 12 weeks 

“Look at the build of a baby. They have long arms, short legs and a short torso. So if they cry a lot and drink a lot, they essentially take in a lot of air that will sit in the lower bowel. This means they need to be burped a lot to be winded of the gas because they don’t physically move around.”

The upside of this is that once your baby does get bigger, she won’t need burping at all.

“Wind in babies usually occurs from about three weeks of age, and peaks at nine weeks of age and is usually much more manageable by 12 weeks. So, I generally don’t wind babies after that 12-week mark.”

According to Chris, at 12 weeks the baby’s trunk has grown so their arms fit their body and they are also moving around a lot more, which helps them get rid of their own wind.

So there you go. 


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