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How to wind your baby

Burping or winding is an essential part of feeding your baby, whether you’re bottle-feeding or breastfeeding. As you feed them they naturally swallow air bubbles that end up in their tummy, causing discomfort. They often just need a bit of help to burp and release the air bubbles. 

While it makes sense to burp your baby after a feed, some babies also need burping during their feed. Keep an eye on your baby to see if they show signs of discomfort as you feed them, and stop for a burping break if necessary. 

When it comes to burping your baby, there are a few tried and tested methods you can use. The important thing is to keep their back and tummy are straight, support their head, and gently rub or pat their back for a couple of minutes at most.

Over the shoulder

Support your baby’s head and shoulders with one hand, while their chin rests on your shoulder. It can help to walk around as you gently rub and pat your baby’s back.

Lying across your lap

Lay your baby face down across your knees, carefully supporting their chin without applying pressure to the throat area, and use your free hand to gently rub and pat their back. 

Sitting on your lap

Sit comfortably with your back straight and your baby on your lap facing away from you, one hand flat against their chest. Carefully support their chin and head, and lean your baby forwards slightly and gently rub their back with your free hand.

Important advice for you

Breastfeeding gives your baby the best start in life. The World Health Organisation recommends breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months of your baby’s life, followed by continued breastfeeding together with complementary foods.

Breastmilk promotes your baby’s sensory and cognitive development, it protects your baby against infectious and chronic diseases and can help your baby to recover quicker during illness.

Unlike infant milks, breastfeeding also contributes to your health and well-being, reducing the risk of ovarian cancer and breast cancer.  It can also build a strong emotional bond between you and your baby.

Breastfeeding is safe for the environment. You should also consider the social and financial implications of using infant milk. It is important for you to eat a healthy, balanced diet during your pregnancy and as you breastfeed. Combining breastfeeding and bottle feeding may reduce your breast milk supply and it may be difficult to reverse the decision not to breastfeed.

Please take advice from your healthcare professional before using Baby & Me Organic. If you do choose to use our products, please follow the manufacturer’s instructions very carefully as incorrect preparation may make your baby ill.

The content provided in this article is for information purposes only and should not be regarded as medical advice. Please consult a doctor, midwife or healthcare professional if you have any questions or concerns about your or your child’s health.