There are three good ways to burp your baby. Hold him upright against your chest with his head over your shoulder, or sit him on your lap. Then pat or rub his back gently. It also works to lay him down with his tummy against your lap, supporting his head so it's higher than his chest, and patting his back.
Burp a breastfed baby each time he switches breasts. Burp a bottle fed baby after every 2-3 fluid ounces of formula. If your baby is fussy because he swallowed air, stop the feeding to burp him. The more he fusses, the more air he'll swallow and the more uncomfortable he'll be. So take a minute to calm him down, and let him burp before resuming the feeding.
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