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Burping, Hiccups & Spitting Up


There is always air in your baby’s stomach. She swallows some while crying or just breathing as well as when she feeds. This occurs in both breast and bottle- fed babies. Some babies swallow so much air that they begin to fuss and get cranky during the feed and are too uncomfortable to continue feeding. Pausing the feed and holding the baby in an upright position will allow the trapped air to rise and the baby to burp. Try not to fuss excessively over a burp, as too much patting and rubbing can also make baby uncomfortable. If there is no burp after 2 or 3 minutes, the baby more than likely has no need to burp.



Most babies hiccup from time to time. This usually bothers the parent more than the baby except during a feed when it may distress the baby too. Should this occur, pause the feed, try to get a burp out and let the baby relax a bit before commencing the feed again.


Spitting up/Posseting

This is also quite common. Sometimes spitting up means the baby has had more milk than her stomach can hold; sometimes it happens when she burps. Though it may be quite messy, it’s no cause for concern. It almost never involves choking, coughing, discomfort or danger to your baby.

You should be able tell the difference between normal spitting up, true vomiting and reflux. Unlike spitting up, which most babies don’t seem to notice, vomiting and reflux cause immense distress and discomfort. (Read more: Reflux, Vomiting)


Train your eye for the amount of feed the baby may be spitting up. Drop a teaspoon of liquid on a cloth and observe the size of the wet patch. Do the same for a ¼ cup and observe the much bigger patch. This will reassure you that baby hasn’t spat up all his feed.