Belly Binding

What is Postpartum Belly Binding?

Belly wrapping or binding is a popular practice used by many cultures around the world. Bengkung is the Malaysian style of belly binding and is used to wrap a postpartum woman’s abdomen for physical support and to aid in recovery.

This technique uses a single strip of cloth that is carefully wrapped and repeatedly tied around the abdomen from the hips up to the ribcage.

Belly Binding is an ancient traditional natural way of healing after birth.

Benefits of Postpartum Belly Binding:

  • Pulls in the separated abdominal muscles (diastasis recti) back together
  • Encourages healing from pelvic/pubic separation (a partial bind during pregnancy can be especially beneficial for pelvic support)
  • Supports relaxed and stretched out muscles
  • Reduce fluid and air retention in bowels/abdomen
  • Gets rid of the "empty" feeling after childbirth and nurtures the mother in a time of vulnerability and healing
  • Prevents back pain. While wearing it, you are reminded to sit and walk straight, a good antidote to the “nursing-slouch”
  • Decreases postpartum bleeding time by speeding up the process of getting rid of waste blood in a natural way
  • In the case of a miscarriage or still-birth, belly binding can improve emotional healing as it speeds physical healing
  • It feels SO good!

Belly binding is a powerful aid in helping mothers to recover.