Gas swallowed by babies during the feeding process is unavoidable. Some babies burp it up easily but those that don’t will almost certainly become fretful and eventually colicky.
If this gas is not released through the mouth, it will have to pass through the entire digestive tract. This is on top of gas that is produced in the intestines as part of the normal digestive process. So it is easy to see that the baby that doesn’t burp well has a ‘double whammy’ effect. This almost always causes bloating, moaning, groaning, grunting and pushing. It also leads to reflux in many cases.
So the first step in effective intervention is to learn burping techniques that will work. There are lots of burping styles and we have found that best results are achieved by having a burping ‘routine’ that includes at least 5-6 different positions.