The word is getting out about the benefits of belly binding after birth. Surprisingly, or perhaps not so, one of the questions I hear most is “What does it feel like?”
The most common immediate comment I hear just after binding a mother as she runs her hands over her body where the bind has just been wrapped is, “This feels GOOD!”.
Good has come to mean:
We spend 10 months growing a tiny being. At birth there is an empty space where the baby grew. The muscles, organs and skin need time to find their place again. Many women are unprepared for this reality, still looking & feeling pregnant for several weeks after birth. It takes time for the body to adjust from supporting the heavy pregnant uterus. Binding supports the muscles & organs as they shift back to their pre-pregnancy place.
Also during this early postpartum period comes what has been coined the “breastfeeding slouch”. We all have it. We gaze at our new child as they feed, or we offer our breast to our child instead of bringing our child to our breast. Most women don’t even realize it’s happening. Again, the body is shifting from supporting a life from the inside to holding a baby on the outside. It’s a shift the muscles are not fully ready for postpartum. A binding that is wrapped from pubic bone to just below the breasts fully supports the back as we get used to using all these muscles in ways that haven’t been used before birth.
Yes the early days postpartum are full of endless days & longest nights. When you feel physically more like yourself you can mentally & emotionally feel more like yourself. You can take a step to take charge of your postpartum body. Give yourself the support you deserve as you transition & heal. Feel Good.