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Belly Binding, originating from Malaysia, is a traditional practice that involves tightly wrapping the abdomen with cloth. This technique promotes healing and provides support to the abdomen. 

Bengkung Technique

This belly binding method has gained popularity in the US and is a technique that Sanyika the Doula is skilled in.


In the Malaysian tradition, new mothers have their bellies bound for the first 40 days after giving birth. These women believe that the womb is the center of a woman's wellness and it is essential to be taken care of in all stages of life, especially after childbirth. This tradition originated with the princesses in the palaces, who used it to aid in their postpartum 'bounce back'. It quickly spread across the country and is still actively practiced today. 


When to bind

Depending on your delivery method (vaginal or cesarean) there are different time windows for when binding will be beneficial for YOU! 

  • With a vaginal delivery, it is recommended that you start binding as soon as 24 hours after birth and continue with binding sessions after.

  • With cesarean births, the surgery recovery time is longer and binding isn’t recommended until at least 5 to 6 days postpartum. Be sure to note that the binding will stop above the incision, be wrapped lightly and is used more for support. 


Benefits of Belly Binding

Belly binding provides many benefits to a postpartum body:

  • Holds the abdominal wall together, aids in supporting and preventing diastasis recti

  • Improves posture while breastfeeding, changing diapers, and holding baby

  • Helps close ribs and hips from shifting that occurred during pregnancy and birth

  • Supports the abdomen while organs shift back to pre-pregnancy position and size

  • Keeps body warm while in a ‘cold state’, postpartum chills

  • Assists in the process of releasing retained water, fat and air from the abdomen

  • Decreases postpartum bleeding time

  • Helps with pelvic floor support

Postpartum Healing Package

Herbal Sitz bath, Bengkung Binding, Belly Firming Paste,  Homemade Postpartum Soup (Turkey or Vegan Options)

  • Herbal Sitz Baths are used to heal the perineum area after birth, aids in shorter recovery of time by soothing  tender/inflamed tissue, healing tears, reducing hemorrhoids, and not to mention, a great way to PAMPER yourself

  • Bengkung Belly binding + Belly Firming Paste (ATTACH HYPERLINK TO BELLY BINDING PAGE)

  • Homemade Postpartum Soup will help with healing and nourishment during the postpartum period

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