Children have different ways of letting you know they need to burp, for example, they may seem a little restless.
Try to burp your baby once or a few times if they get restless or cranky, or seem to be full up even though they haven't been feeding for long.
How to get your baby to burp
Hold your child against you, and gently and carefully stroke them up and down their back. Sometimes all you have to do is lift them upright for them to be able to burp.
If you lift your child up too high, over your shoulder, it can be harder for the air to come out, particularly if the child is a long way over.
If they don't burp, you can place your child on their tummy, for example, across your knees, and then pick them up again.
Burping isn't necessary, however. Some children don't need to burp at all.
Help your child to not swallow too much air
If your child seems to swallow a lot of air while breastfeeding, you should make sure they get a really good grip on your breast. And try to get them to burp a few times during the feed too. Some children feel better after a break from feeding for a burp.
A baby who receives baby formula from a bottle can have trouble swallowing the milk if the hole in the nipple is too big, which can result in the child swallowing too much air and getting tummy ache. One way to prevent too much air from getting into their tummy is to angle the bottle, so that the nipple is full of formula while the baby is feeding.
You can use a nipple shield to protect your nipples while you're breastfeeding if they are sore and cracked, but they can cause your child to swallow more air than normal during the feed.
The art of burping your baby
A lot of newborns swallow air while they're feeding. So they burp or vomit afterwards, otherwise they would get tummy ache. Here are a few tips on how to help your baby burp.