Holding & Burping While Bottle Feeding
- Hold baby cradled close to you in a more upright position.
- Gently touch your baby's lips with the bottle nipple. Wait for baby to open their mouth wide, then place the nipple in baby's mouth. Almost the entire nipple should be in the baby's mouth.
- Hold the bottle steady. Avoid twisting or turning the bottle.
- Bottles should not be propped. This can lead to several problems for your baby: ear infections, tooth decay or choking.
To remove air bubbles, position baby either on your lap or over your shoulder. Support the head and neck. Gently pat your baby on the back to help remove air bubbles.
Early on your baby should be burped after every ounce, and then after every one to two ounces or about halfway through the feeding as the baby grows.
After feeding, hold your baby in an upright position for about 15 minutes. Do this before putting them to bed or placing into a flat position on their back. This may help your baby to digest the feeding and prevent them from spitting up.
- Spitting up small amounts of formula after burping may be normal, however spitting up large amounts of the feeding is something you will want to talk with your baby's health care provider about.
- Bottle feedings should take between 15 and 30 minutes.
If you have questions or concerns about your baby's bottle feeding, please contact your baby's health care provider.