Bengkung Belly Binding

Bengkung belly binding is a traditional postpartum practice in Malaysia and many other countries. After birth, the midsection is firmly but gently wrapped with a very long and narrow strip of muslin cloth, which is usually worn for a minimum of 2 weeks and up to 6 months postpartum.

Belly binding is a sacred practice that honours the person who has just given birth. Birth is an experience of openness, of being raw and vulnerable - physically, mentally, spiritually. Belly binding helps close and seal the experience of pregnancy and birth, bringing everything back into place, bringing warmth, and encouraging healing.

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The physical benefits are as follows:

  • Supports the internal organs

  • Assists in abdominal wall retraction and diastasis recti recovery

  • Reduces the postpartum “pooch” that many people experience after birth

  • Encourages good posture, especially while feeding or holding your baby

  • Improves circulation

  • Reduces water retention

  • Encourages closing and reshaping of the hips and rib cage

  • Helps decrease postpartum bleeding time

  • Supports the pelvic floor

  • Helps lessen after pains

  • Encourages spinal realignment to a pre-pregnancy state

Your Bengkung belly binding service includes the following:

  • One binding session in your home (approximately 1 hour). Your belly will be wrapped and you will be shown how to do the bind, so you can continue the practice on your own in the weeks following the session.

  • One plain muslin bind (coloured binds are also available).

  • Optional application of warming belly rub, with gentle abdominal massage. The rub consists of sesame oil and warming spices, encouraging blood flow to the area, stimulating the release of retained water, and firming, toning, and strengthening the internal muscles and skin. After the session, you will have enough of the rub left for one more application.

  • Follow-up support via phone or email, if you have any questions in the days and weeks following your session, plus additional resources to support you.


Full service (as described above): $150. If you wish to have a coloured bind, please add an extra $10. 

Binds alone are available for purchase: Plain $55 | Coloured $65 (plus shipping)
In-person pickup is available in downtown Toronto.

Payment is accepted via cash or e-transfer.


How soon after birth should I do the bind?
It’s recommended to do it as soon as possible after your birth, provided it was a vaginal birth. (See note on Cesarean birth below.) The bind is most effectively used in the first 8 weeks postpartum. It may be harder to see the benefit if you wait several months postpartum to do it.

How long do I wear the bind?
The first week, wear it 24/7 or as long/often as you want! You can even sleep in it. Of course, you can take it off to bathe, and then put it back on. During the second and third week, you can still wear it the majority of the time, just take it off for a period of at least 3 hours each day. In the weeks following, just wear it as needed.

Can I do belly binding if I’ve had a Cesarean birth?
Yes! We just need to wait until your incision has completely healed, usually about 2-4 weeks. Consult with your care provider to be sure your incision has healed.

How is this different from other corsets, girdles, and gadgets?
The bind is customized to your body each and every time you put it on. Some of the other products on the market may not offer as much flexibility. The unbleached muslin cloth is comfortable, breathable, and can be worn under your clothing and baby wraps/carriers, as you go about your activities. Don’t forget, the practice itself is a traditional, sacred one. It is a way of honouring you, the birthing person. The act of binding is very different than slapping on a mass-produced postpartum “belt”. It is a calming and relaxing (some might say spiritual) practice.

A Note About Service Area:
I live in the heart of downtown Toronto and don’t own a vehicle. I generally travel to clients by TTC or bicycle. Fees apply for any travel in excess of one hour and/or for travel involving other transit systems. If you live quite a distance from downtown/central Toronto, or in another part of the GTA, please don’t hesitate to be in touch and I will give you an estimate of travel fees.