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Old 08-22-2008, 11:55 PM   #1
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Burping/ Hiccups

My DD (2 weeks old, exclusively breastfed) never burps; we try but it's only worked like twice. She gets the hiccups frequently, is this preventable? It always seems to happen when she's flat on her back, usually on the changing table. I will probably be switching to the Diva fold if this keeps up but since she can't hold her head up yet I'm not comfortable with it. I dono... I always had the impression that babies got hiccups if they weren't burped properly, but my girl just doesn't burp.. over the shoulder, on her tummy, rubbing, patting, I try all different ways. Any advice? Thanks! NAK

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Old 08-23-2008, 12:02 AM   #2
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Re: Burping/ Hiccups

Hiccups actually have nothing to do with burping. It's actually a sign that she has healthy lungs. My DD was the same- seldom burped (and when she did it was of her own accord, not because of anything we did) and had the hiccups all the time. But her ped said it's a good thing. The only time they bugged me was when they would keep her awake- then I would give her a little gripe water and they usually stopped. Otherwise, don't worry! I would keep trying to burp her after feedings, but if she doesn't, she doesn't! Probably just means she's feeding efficiently and not getting much/any air.
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Old 08-23-2008, 12:03 AM   #3
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Re: Burping/ Hiccups

IME, some babies just aren't burpers. Both of my kids would burp easily after a feeding, but my nephews - lots of them never burp and it doesn't seem to bother them. I don't think hiccuping has anything to do with not burping, both my kids had the hiccups in utero, and then again lots after they were born, until they were a few months old. It never bothered them and I never did anything to "cure" or "stop" them. Lots of times the hiccups would go away when I fed them next, the gulping of milk would make the hic's go away. Good luck, i don't think there's anything to worry about!
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Old 08-23-2008, 01:33 PM   #4
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Re: Burping/ Hiccups

Thank you both, I feel better!
I wasn't sure it was possible for her to not be swallowing any air because I was certain we had latch issues at the start, but now we are doing very well so I guess that is the case. And I did notice that feeding will often get rid of them, or in any case they don't get in the way of her eating!

Her middle name is for my grandfather, who died during my first trimester (before I told the extended family the news). He hiccuped whenever he was hungry or full, LoL!
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