Bringing up wind
Oh the joy of a baby burp!

Just like you don’t always need to burp after eating, your baby might not need to either, so don’t spend hours trying to get a wind out. Keep it short – two to three minutes will do. If your baby falls asleep after a feed, don’t disturb her – leave her to sleep!

Here are a few methods:

  • Put your baby onto your shoulder and gently tap her back.
  • Lie her face down across your lap and rub her back in a circular motion.
  • Sit your baby on your knee, with your hand under her chin and gently bounce her up and down .
  • Put her in a semi-raised position after a feed.
  • Gently rub the bones behind the ears.
  • Give her a dummy.

Coughing up

Choking is the coughing spasm and sputtering that happen when liquids or solids get into the windpipe. A newborn’s cough reflex should clear the windpipe of liquid within 10 to 30 seconds.

Choking can happen in the first day after birth, especially if the baby has swallowed any blood or meconium. It’s also common when the milk flow is strong, especially around the third or fourth day. Most babies cope with these episodes quite well, and either swallow the regurgitated contents or cough them out.

It’s common for babies to bring up a little bit of milk now and then, but if your baby is vomiting profusely after every feed, you’ll need advice from the doctor.

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