When Is She Supposed to Burp?


Your newborn baby won't burp easily right away. It's not you — it's the baby. In order to burp, the muscles of her stomach, esophagus, and throat must contract and relax in a rhythmic order. This coordination of several sets of muscles takes practice. Your baby will burp much more easily in two or three weeks.

In the mean time, spend five or ten minutes helping her to burp. If she does, great. If she doesn't, just put her down anyway. She will work it out on her own.

One way of working it out on her own is to pass gas.

Thanks to Janelle Aby MD, Stanford School Of Medicine, Newborn Nursery, and Lucille Packard Children's Hospital for the use of occasional photographs.