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.
Learn How to Belly Bind
This bind can be done 3 days after a vaginal delivery and 2 weeks after a C-section as long as it is comfortable for the postpartum woman. The best time to do this is in the 6 weeks after birth since there is still relaxin present that helps things move back in place more easily. It is recommended that the bind be worn for up to 12 hours and then taken off for 12 hours. This is “training” the woman’s body to do on its own the same thing the bind helps to achieve. Before binding, be sure to spend about 10 minutes laying down with legs elevated a bit to help get the organs back in place so things are not bound in a lower position or bind right after waking in the morning. Be sure to keep legs together when binding the hips to get the most benefit. Also, take pants and underwear down before binding and then pull up once a few binds over the hips are done.
Binds are made from 100% prewashed soft cotton fabrics that can go directly over the skin without causing any discomfort. Bengkung Belly Binds are at least 15 yards long and about 8 to 9 inches wide. Wearing this bind is usually much more comfortable than the standard belly binds available them for the first 6 weeks after birth or longer.