Are you experiencing first time your baby’s hiccups or burps? Don’t worry! Hiccups are normal for new babies and don't cause them any kind of discomfort.
Newborns certainly get cranky when they swallow air at the time of feedings. Though this happens in both bottle-fed and breastfed infants, it’s seen often with the bottle-fed baby. When it occurs, it may be helpful to pause the feeding instead of making your infant uncomfortable.
Reasons of Baby hiccup and burp?
Most infants hiccup from time to time. The reason behind it is when a baby has overfed, ate too fast or swallowed a lot of air. Any of these issues can guide to stomach expansion.
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When the stomach bloats it generally pushes against the diaphragm, which originates it to spasm (and voilà…hiccups and burps!). Expert says that newborn hiccups, usually happen after or during the time of feedings.
How to help your baby to burp easily!
Some newborns burp frequently, while others burp on their own and require very less assistance from you. The pause from feeding and the change of baby’s position will slow her slugging and lessen the volume of air she takes in.
If she’s bottle-feeding, it’s advisable to make her burp after every 60–90 ml.
Some breastfed babies don’t gulp much air; hence they might not need to burp repeatedly. After a day or two of feedings, you'll find a pattern that works for your little one.
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In this case, no need to bang your baby's back continuously – a light circular motion or soft tap will bring up the bubbles easily.
There are various burping positions to try, including holding your babies with their head keeping on your shoulder, making them sit upright on your lap with the fingers of one hand assisting their chest and chin, or laying your baby’s tummy-down across your lap.