Burping a Breastfed Baby
It is not necessary to burp a baby who is breastfeeding because breastfed babies do not take in as much air during a feed as bottle fed babies do. However, there are certain circumstances where you would want to burp a breastfed baby. If you have an over active letdown, or oversupply, you will want to try and burp your baby often. Anytime the baby pulls off the breast, or you switch sides, you should try to burp him or her. If your baby seems content after a breastfeeding, and does not burp, then she or he is fine. Once your supply regulates or your baby begins to crawl, and move around more, you do not need to burp them. They will be able to relieve gastric gas themselves.
Burping a baby who is drinking breastmilk from a bottle
If your breastfed baby needs to be fed a bottle for whatever reason, you will want to burp him or her. The best way to burp a baby is any position that puts pressure on their stomach. You can try holding the baby way up on your shoulder and patting his or her back. Sitting your baby on your lap leaned forward with his or her chin resting in your hand while you pat his or her back gently also works well. Another way to burp a baby is to lay them flat on their stomach either on a hard surface, or across your legs, and gently pat his or her back. You should burp a young baby (under six weeks) every ounce or so, and then again at the end of the feeding. For an older baby (six weeks to three months) burp them in the middle of the feeding, and again at the end. After three months you can burp your baby only at the end of the feeding. After your baby begins crawling and moving around more, (usually around four to six months) you can stop burping him or her.