Burping, Thumbs and Pacifiers

Parenting in the Early Years

Burping, Thumbs and Pacifiers

Whether your baby is breast-fed or formula fed, following are tips for properly burping him and an explanation of why pacifiers are important.


Try for a burp every 1 to 2 ounces and again at the end of the feeding, if formula feeding.

If breast-feeding, burp before changing breasts and at the end of the feeding.

Some babies may require burping more or less often, depending on your experience.

Common positions for burping include placing your baby on your shoulder, laying the baby face down on your lap and sitting the baby on your lap leaning slightly forward, with the head and chest supported. Then stroke or pat the baby's back to effect the burp.

Thumbs and Pacifiers

Most babies want additional sucking time between feedings. This is called non-nutritive sucking. If the thumb or fist is not used for this purpose, a pacifier can be offered.

Recent studies show that the use of a pacifier at night may decrease the incidence of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome) and should be used during the first year of life when placing your infant to sleep starting after one month of age. If the pacifier falls out it should not be replaced. Remember to clean it regularly.