I am passionate about doting over postpartum mothers and guiding them towards a place of STRENGTH + CONFIDENCE, and supporting them as they RECLAIM + RESTORE themselves after childbirth. The belly bind experience is more than just a wrap, its a revolutionary experience. All mothers should be treated with tender love--wrapped in a belly bind hug!
What is Bengkung Belly Binding
Bengkung belly binding is the art of wrapping a postpartum women’s belly and hips for physical support and to help hasten the recovery process after childbirth. This belly binding technique uses a long strip of cloth to wrap around the abdomen from the hips to the ribcage. Women are traditionally wrapped as soon after birth as possible, ideally on day five and then worn for 40 days or longer as needed. The Bengkung belly binding technique is rooted in Malaysian culture; however, various countries and cultures around the world use a form of belly binding to help support the healing process.
Reduces water, air, and fat in tissue by providing pressure to the area
Gently allows organs to return to their pre-pregnancy positioning
Tighten the abdomen and other parts of the body that have sagged or lost their muscle tone after childbirth
Promote good posture that will aid in breastfeeding
Prevent permanent belly pooch
Helps uterus return to pre-pregnancy size
Improves posture and spinal alignment
Alleviates back pain
Helps heal abdominal separation
Increases body image
Provides some much needed pampering and self-care
Stabilizes loose ligaments
Single and multiple session packages available.
Suggested for best results to begin 3-5 days postpartum, or once the incision has healed for belly birth.
Recommended to wear 8-12 hrs a day for 30-40 days.
Professional In Person
-Healing Salve or Essential Oil Belly Butter
-Herbal Bath Kit
-Core Rehab Recommendations
-Tutorial Video: DIY Belly Wrapping
DIY Wrap Kit
Includes everything above mailed directly to you. Also includes a beautiful PDF Belly Binding instructions download and 1-2 zoom sessions.
*Have your own wrap but not sure how to use it properly?
Contact me for custom package and quote.
Professional In Person
Each session you'll be pampered with the full body reset experience and wrapped with a freshly cleaned Bengkung Wrap. Session times vary depending on breastfeeding/baby needs, etc. but can typically take one hour. Best if done morning or night so wrap may be worn up to 12 hours.
Frequently Asked Belly Binding Questions
How long should I wear the binding?
Traditionally, the Malaysian belly bind is done for the entire postpartum “confinement” period, which is 30-40 days in the cultures that observe this practice. This is impractical for modern day living, and the results diminish after a week or two. We've found the best belly binding length to be 12-24 hours for 5 - 10 days.
What makes belly binding different from western postpartum girdles like Belly Bandit?
Its length and the custom fit. A Malaysian Belly Bind is a long wrap that covers from under the chest all the way down to below the hips. This way, it doesn’t just work on the waist, but also helps the ribcage and the hips go back to their former dimensions. It also stays put when you move, and so it doesn’t press on the abdomen. Girdles that only bind the abdomen also push down on the pelvic floor muscles and organs, potentially causing or worsening pelvic, uterine, or bladder prolapse. The custom fit cannot be found anywhere else, and this improves the results you will see.
How effective is belly binding compared to a postpartum girdle, like the ones you can buy at Wal-mart?
Imagine the difference between buying pants that claim to fit everyone, regardless of size or shape and getting custom-fitted by a professional. What would be more comfortable? The custom fit is, of course, going to give you the best results. Likewise the traditional belly bind is a custom fit every time. It’s made of soft materials instead of having boning or Velcro like most girdles, which can dig into your skin and be painful when you sit or lay down, especially if you’ve had a cesarean. The Malaysian belly bind is the best option for your time and money if you want the results mentioned above.
I've heard some women/experts say that belly binding prevents the pelvic floor from healing, causes prolapse, or weakens the abdominals. Is this true?
How do I go to the bathroom while wearing the belly bind?
I recommend having the belly bind wrapped beneath all of your clothes for the best fit and most comfort and convenience. The most effective belly bind stretches from just below your bust to about mid-hip, near your pelvic bone. For modesty’s sake (and because of heavy postpartum flow) you’ll want to wear whatever underwear (mesh, etc.) while binding. It is still easy enough to pull your underwear out from under the bind the first time you use the bathroom and when you’re finished, simply pull them up over the bind or tuck them back underneath.
My belly bind bunches, rolls, or moves during the day. How can I keep it from doing that?
Am I too late to belly bind if I'm x-number of months/years postpartum?
The short answer is no. You can still receive benefits belly binding after 8 weeks postpartum. For more details on how to do it safely and effectively, see blog post "Am I too late to Belly Bind?"
Can I still belly bind if I have a c-section?
You can still receive belly binding if you have a c-section. We will wait until 4 - 6 weeks postpartum, based on your healing and recovery. The belly bind still has many benefits within the first two months. Depending on your comfort level, I may utilize a Taiwanese form of belly binding that is gentler on the incision site.
Can I still belly bind if I have a miscarriage or still-birth?
You can still receive belly binding if either of these situations occurs, and in fact, the belly bind will speed your emotional as well as physical healing.
What if I want to learn how to belly bind?
I teach mini classes to mamas and a friend and/or family member of their choice who can learn to do the bind. Usually a woman will want this if she intends to bind for longer than 5 or 10 days. If you desire to offer this as a birth service or would like to hold a larger class, please contact me for class information and pricing.