- Hey mamas.
Every parent wants to do what's best for their baby.
And as parents, we learn something new every day.
As new parents, there's a lot to learn at the beginning
which can feel daunting and a little overwhelming
if you've left the hospital where you've had all this care
and now you're on your own to figure it out
and you're still not certain you have all the answers.
Let me tell you a little secret now before we go on,
nobody has all the answers
and everybody is figuring it out day by day.
Some of us though have just already walked on the road
you're on right now and I've learned those lessons.
So to make it easier on you
and to help you feel confident in caring for your baby
by having some basic newborn care knowledge,
I'm sharing with you in this video,
tips on how to successfully burp your baby
and relieve gas to help them avoid reflux
and find more comfort.
I'm Bridget and I'm a childbirth educator
and birth doula in the San Francisco Bay area
and I love helping mamas trust
that they are built to birth, nourish
and nurture their babies.
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No one likes seeing a little baby uncomfortable
especially not their parents,
but unfortunately parents often do experience their baby
and a lot of times the culprit is trapped gas.
You'll either have a baby who spits up frequently
and cries after a feed,
or has trouble falling and staying asleep
and just appears to be overall uncomfortable.
All of these things are pointing to the possibility
of trapped gas that either needs to come out their mouth
or out of their bottom.
So in this video, I'm going to share with you
how you as their parents can do just that.
So let's start with how to burp your baby.
When babies drink milk, it's pretty common for them
to swallow air while they are doing it.
To help them avoid that,
you can make sure that they have a good latch
where their lips are flanged over your nipple
and you don't hear clicking sounds
which means that the suction is breaking
between their mouth and your breast.
If you're bottle feeding, you wanna make sure
that you are using the correct nipple size for their age.
And if you're feeding them from a bottle as well,
you wanna make sure that you are feeding them
at more of an upright angle.
But even if you're doing everything right,
babies usually need to burp during and after they eat.
And sometimes it can be a struggle
to help them get up that uncomfortable air bubble
that's trapped in their tummy.
So when it comes to burping your baby,
you want to be doing it throughout the feed.
If your baby doesn't struggle too bad
with reflux or trapped gas,
then doing halfway through the feed will likely be fine.
So either when you're switching sides
if you're breastfeeding
or when they're halfway through the bottle
if you are bottle feeding.
If they do struggle a little bit more
with reflux or swallowing air,
you might need to do it every two to five minutes
during the nurse
or every two ounces or so from the bottle.
When you burp your baby,
you want to put just enough pressure on their bellies
to help force that air bubble up and out.
And there are a few good that you can do that.
The first is over the shoulder.
And for mamas with breasts, laying baby so at their belly
is having pressure applied from their breasts
is going to help that bubble release
in their belly and travel up.
For dads since you don't have those breasts,
you'll want to hike baby up just a little bit higher
so that the belly is resting more on your shoulder
so that the pressure from your shoulder
is gently easing that bubble out
and then you'll firmly pat your baby's back
in an upward motion just like this.
You'll wanna make sure
that you are using a burp rag over your shoulder,
just in case a little dribble
or full on spit-up is happening
so that it doesn't get entirely on your clothes
while you're burping your baby.
My favorite burp rags
are actually just cloth diaper inserts.
They're so absorbent and super affordable
because who wants to spend money
on something that basically just is meant to clean up vomit.
I will link them down below
so that you can get them for yourself.
Now, if your baby is spitting up
when you're not burping them,
and you're not sure what to do about it,
make sure you watch this video
that I'm linking up here talking about reflux
and why your baby might have it.
All right, the second burping position is sitting upright.
So your baby is going to be on your lap
with your hand supporting their head just like this
kind of around their ears, just like this.
And I'm doing it on the table instead of on my lap.
And so your hand that is supporting their neck
and their head is also gently pressing on their belly
so it's providing that pressure from your hand and arm
and pushing on your belly just slightly
to help force that bubble to come down or come up and out.
And so, as you're in this position
you're also going to want to pat your baby's back
kind of in an upward position, just like this
because that is the direction
that you want that air bubble to move.
You want it to move up.
So, when they're in this position just lightly but firmly,
pat their back just like this.
Sometimes because of the pressure on their belly
along with that bent over leaning position
with them being upright,
this technique is the one that works wonders
for parents who have had babies with difficulty burping.
The third technique, which is the lap burping
is best use if baby is uncomfortable,
but not immediately after a feed.
So if after 20 minutes or so,
your baby is pretty uncomfortable
and having a hard time settling,
you can lay them over your lap
with one leg under their belly
and the other leg under and supporting their head
which is turned to the side.
You'll definitely want a burp rag for this one
to avoid that common spit-up that will happen
with this burping technique.
This technique, put some more pressure on baby's belly
which is why it's super helpful in getting those burps out,
but also why you want to avoid patting them
in this position like you do with the other techniques.
So instead for this position,
you're just going to firmly rub your baby's back
in a circular motion, or if you do pat them,
you're going to wanna do it pretty lightly
closer to their upper back then they're lower
where you'll be putting a lot of that pressure
on their belly.
So those are three different techniques
and if after trying one or a couple of ways
for one or two minutes or so, and your baby isn't burping,
they might not need to burp or be ready to burp yet.
Sometimes it takes some time to work a burp out.
So if they don't burp in a few minutes
and they're still uncomfortable and fussy,
try burping them again for a few more minutes.
It's also important to keep them in an upright position
for about 10 to 30 minutes
before laying them down flat after they've eaten
to help work out that trapped bubble inside.
When you do lay them down,
you can do some tummy time with them
which is also a good way to put pressure on their belly
to work out any uncomfortable gas that's inside.
So those are your burping tips and techniques
and hopefully helps you relieve any discomfort
that your baby is experiencing.
Now to get rid of trapped gas
that needs to come out the other end,
there are some things that you can do
to help bring comfort to your baby.
Again, we wanna use pressure to our advantage,
to help bring that bubble of trapped gas
out of their little body.
So one way is by laying them on their belly
and for some added pressure,
tucking their legs under their chest.
So just like this like you were doing tummy time
and tucking their legs under their chest
so that they're in like a seated position but laying down.
Most babies don't really enjoy tummy time to begin with
and might not enjoy this position either
so really you only wanna leave them in this position
for one or two minutes.
Another way to relieve gas
is by doing bicycle kicks with them.
With bicycle kicks,
you don't want to do this immediately after a feed
because they can cause them to spit up,
but two minutes or so after,
you can lay your baby on their back,
you can extend both of their legs
and then one at a time in a circular motion,
bend the knee towards their chest
and then extend it out again.
You can also do this with both legs at the same time,
by moving up their knees towards their chest,
and then gently pulsating them against their tummy
to help relieve the gas.
You can alternate this for two to three minutes
and then bring them up into an upright position
against your chest with their legs tucked under their belly,
just like you did for that tummy time position,
but now on your chest.
And that can also help them work out that gas that baby has.
Then the other way to help ease digestive discomfort
is by doing the "I Love You" massage.
So to do the "I Love You" massage,
you're going to do it with your baby laying down,
but so that you guys can see it better
I'm going to do it with baby upright like this.
And so the first movement of the "I Love You" massage
is doing the letter I on their lower left abdomen.
And so you're just gonna a letter I,
I and then you're going to do a letter L
across their abdomen and upside down L,
across their abdomen and then down,
and then an upside down, you going from the other side,
up to the top of their abdomen across and then down.
So that is the "I Love You" massage.
You can do this "I Love You" massage
for three to five minutes.
And to help your little one relax even more,
you can do it after bath time,
using some warmed coconut oil or baby lotion.
The "I Love You" massage is a great way
to help your baby relieve trapped gas, comfort,
and calm them when they're uncomfortable
and bond with them as well.
If you're still having a really tough time
helping your baby release gas,
you can try using a little gas reliever tool
if you've seen a Fridababy it's called Windi.
And you just place it slightly into the baby's anus
and it helps release the gas really effectively.
Oftentimes this provides almost immediate relief.
And for those of you who really need help getting your baby
to feel comfortable,
I'll link down below these gas relieving tools.
So gripe water is a common aid in gas relief,
but I actually don't recommend it
because of some of the ingredients it may contain
such as sucralose, which is a fake form of sugar,
which the body has difficulty removing.
Plus it has sodium which you want to be careful of limiting
while babies are still young
and their kidneys are still developing.
The WHO does not recommend giving babies gripe water.
However, if you do choose to use gripe water,
I would recommend the Wellements Organic Gripe Water
which I've linked down below.
This is an okay short term solution
but not something that you should use longterm
if your baby is suffering from uncomfortable gas.
Now, when it comes to tummy troubles with your baby,
sometimes it's an easy fix like burping them more often
or the occasional bicycle kicks
to help them release the gas.
But if your baby is constantly having reflux issues
or uncomfortable gas or constipation,
it's likely that the issue
is from an imbalance in their microbiome.
If you've been with me over in other videos,
you might have heard me talk about the microbiome,
which is made up of trillions of bacteria,
primarily in the intestines
that can be both beneficial and harmful.
In order for our body, as well as our baby's bodies
to feel good and function properly,
it's important that we are feeding the good gut bacteria
and not the bad ones.
And a really simple way to do that is by taking probiotics.
As a mama, whether you're nursing or not,
this is so important for you and your baby.
It could dramatically change the way that they feel.
I've had so many mamas come to me
with their baby's tummy issues
and I always point them to BioGaia Protectis Probiotic
that I've linked down below in the description.
So many of these mamas, if not all of them
have come back to me saying
how much it changed their baby's behavior
by making them feel so much better.
So whether your baby has noticeable tummy issues or not,
a probiotic is going to support good gut health
which means a stronger immune system,
better longterm health and a happier baby.
And lastly, if not even a probiotic is working,
it could be that your baby has an intolerance
to something that you are eating
that's being passed through your breast milk
into their system or something in their formula
that's not settling well in their tummy.
If you think that that might be the case,
watch this video where I talk about the elimination diet
to help pinpoint what foods
might be triggering such discomfort in your baby.
If you're using formula,
it may be that baby is allergic
to the cow protein in the milk soy
or something else in the formula.
And it's a good idea to talk with a pediatrician,
to see which formula might be best
in supporting your baby's tummy and overall health.
I know all of you want what's best for your baby
so hopefully this video has encouraged you
as you take on the learning curve of becoming a parent.
Being a mama is the most rewarding job
but it also means we have to go through challenges.
And mama, let me tell you something, you can do it.
I hope this video has helped you feel confident
to tackle the challenges of tummy troubles with your baby.
So thanks for being with me in this video,
and I will see you in the next one.