On your chest or shoulder
Put a cloth over your shoulder (and even down your back) to protect your clothes from spit-up. Hold your baby against your chest so her chin is resting on your shoulder. Support her with one hand and gently pat or rub her back with the other.Or try this as an alternative when your baby has more head and neck control:Hold your baby farther up on your shoulder – high enough that your shoulder presses lightly on her belly, creating gentle pressure that will let out the burp. Support her with one hand and gently pat or rub her back with the other. Make sure your baby is able to breathe comfortably and isn't slumped over too far. A quick peek in the mirror to check her head placement can be helpful.
Sitting on your lap
Put a cloth bib on your baby or a cloth over your lap to catch any spit-up. Sit your baby on your lap facing away from you. Use one hand to support his body, the palm of your hand supporting his chest while your fingers gently support his chin and jaw. (Make sure you're not putting your fingers around his throat.)Lean your baby slightly forward and gently pat or rub his back with your other hand.
Face down across your lap
Put a cloth over your lap to catch any spit-up. Lay your baby face down on your legs so she's lying across your knees, perpendicular to your body. Support her chin and jaw with one hand. Make sure your baby's head isn't lower than the rest of her body so blood doesn't rush to her head. Pat or rub her back with the other hand.
Note: If you don't get a burp after a few minutes, try a different position. If that doesn't work, it's fine to stop – your baby may not need to burp.