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Burping helps remove air swallowed during feeding or during crying from the baby’s stomach. Once or twice during a feeding and after a feeding hold your baby upright against your shoulder or face down across your lap. You may also hold your baby upright on your lap, supporting the head and chest
with your hands. Then gently pat or rub your baby’s back for a minute. Babies do not always need to burp, so don’t insist if your baby doesn’t burp readily.
Babies should have a minimum of 6 to 8 diapers in a 24-hour period. Breastfed babies may have fewer prior to your milk coming in. If there is no urine output in 12 hours, call the office.
“BMs” begin as meconium (tar-like and sticky) and progress through several stages of brown, green, and yellow. Breast-fed babies will have frequent loose,
Yellow BMs. It will not be unusual to find a BM at each feeding. Bottle-fed babies will have fewer, more firm BMs. If your baby seems to be having trouble having BMs, or if they are small and formed like firm clay balls your baby could be constipated. If your baby does not have a BM in 48
hours, you need to call during routine office hours.