Baby Basics for New Dads, Part 2
6 more important tips every father should know
Whichever way you choose to feed your child, babies can swallow air which gets trapped when feeding, and burping helps release it. But don’t overdo it as more air is swallowed when removing and reintroducing the bottle. A good rule of thumb is to burp twice: half way through a bottle and again when emptied. Or if breastfeeding, while switching breasts and after finishing.
Babies do not always burp. Three to five minutes of patting baby’s back should do the trick. Here are two popular methods:
- Against your chest: Hold baby up against your chest with one arm (making sure her head is resting securely against your shoulder). With the other hand, pat the lower back, slightly to the left of the spine where baby’s stomach is located.
- Seated in your lap: Sit baby in your lap, looking out. Place the palm of one hand on his tummy. Stretch the fingers of that same hand out, creating a “V” with your thumb and forefinger. Support baby’s head by resting his chin in the crook of the “V” (your thumb and forefinger should be on either side of baby’s mouth). Use your other hand to pat baby’s lower back, concentrating on the area above the stomach.
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