How do I burp my baby?

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Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
You should burp your baby before moving him from one breast to the other, and then after he finishes. Hold him so that his head is over your shoulder, and rub or pat his back gently in an upward motion. The key to a successful burp: Provide a little counterpressure under his stomach with your collarbone. The gentle pushing against his belly, not the back pat, is what really does it -- although patting does dislodge bubbles. You can also do the rub-up strategy: Place a thumb on his belly and the rest of your hand on his back, and gently rub both upward, as if you're coaxing the gas bubbles up with your hand motion. This can be done over the shoulder, with Baby sitting on your lap with one hand as head and trunk support, or with him lying over your knees.
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