Must newborn babies be bruped? Can't they do it on their own?

@sarath49 (762)
India
August 8, 2010 7:45am CST
The little mites sallow air when they fed (and when they cry) and, although they can expel the air themselves eventually, it might not be from the end the mother would prefer. Burping the baby is a loving way to speed up the process and make the infant instantly more comfortable. It also frees room in the baby's belly so that it can continue feeding.
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@barehugs (8986)
• Canada
8 Aug 10
Newborns do not breathe in the womb, which is why the Dr. holds them by the legs and taps their backs to get them started breathing. Often newborns have phlegm in their throats which obstructs the airway. Once the child starts to breathe the problem has been averted. You are correct in saying that burping makes the baby more comfortable after feeding!