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Discussion: Burping is entirely a cultu...

in: Becks; Becks > 2019-11-16

Nov 16, 2019 11:51 PM # 
Burping is entirely a cultural thing. It didn't actually do anything digestively.
Nov 17, 2019 2:30 AM # 
Sometimes it helps avoid spit-ups. Depends how much you want to clean up after them.
Nov 17, 2019 7:44 AM # 
I have felt since the beginning that it does very little, so is that true? Interesting. I can see why holding him upright a bit after eating might help digestion, but the burps usually come without prompting if they are going to come.
Nov 21, 2019 6:45 PM # 
Yeah - the muscle-thing that stops stuff coming back up out of the stomach isn’t very strong in tiny babies, so the air and/or milk will just come back up anyway. Having them upright is probably useful but the patting, etc, is entirely a cultural practice.
Nov 21, 2019 10:30 PM # 
The sphincter thingie? Yup.

It really is a wonder human babies ever made it to adulthood in ye olden days. But I have stopped burping and have noticed no difference. He seems to be getting better at it in general, either that or he's just handling my letdown a bit better.
Nov 21, 2019 10:42 PM # 
“ really is a wonder human babies ever made it to adulthood in ye olden days.” yeah...I’ve gotten really curious about anthropology related to birth, infancy, motherhood since having a kid. I don’t get how our species has made It.
Nov 22, 2019 12:47 AM # 
It really makes no sense does it?! She says as she watches Rob on the baby monitor pushing up his legs so he can fart successfully. A baby deer would laugh us out of house and home!
Nov 22, 2019 3:11 AM # 
Anthropology of Childhood is a great book. It's cross-cultural parenting. My favourite picture is the kid from PNG with a giant machete
Nov 22, 2019 9:35 AM # 
Its because babies / children are way, way tougher and smarter than we give them credit for. What we have is a lot of adult fuss and nonsense about nothing.
Nov 22, 2019 1:54 PM # 
I found a lot of comfort in the theory that babies have evolved to survive having first-time parents!
Nov 22, 2019 2:39 PM # 
Pushing up his legs? Can't you just pull his finger? That always worked for my grandad...
Nov 23, 2019 6:40 PM # 
Ooh! Thanks for the book recommendation! Started reading it last night.

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