This is one of the questions women commonly ask once they are introduced to postpartum belly binding. (Still aren't certain what belly binding is or why you would want to do it? Click here to learn more about belly binding.)
The basic answer is YES! You can learn to belly bind yourself postpartum.
Whether your budget doesn't have room to hire a professional belly binder or there aren't any in your area, you can definitely learn this incredible skill and receive the benefits of belly binding postpartum.
However, word of caution: belly binding is tricky to learn, though the technique is simple once you have it down. And since you'll be binding yourself in the first days and weeks postpartum, you'll be tired, bleeding, leaking milk, sleep-deprived, and prone to hormonal mood swings. This makes belly binding yourself difficult, but not impossible, and there are a few things that will make it all the easier.
Tip #1: Learn how to bind from a professional
There are youtube videos with different belly binding techniques all over the internet. The problem is that many of them teach inaccurate or incomplete information and don't provide any support as you're learning. When you learn from a professional, you get quality information and the support to continue binding with less frustration.
One resource is my online course, Self-binding for Postpartum Women. Complete with videos you can watch again and again, pdf documents about essential oils and warming pastes, Self-binding for Postpartum Women is the perfect resource for learning how to bind. The course is designed to give you a solid foundation of knowledge and support so you can bind with confidence.
See my previous blogpost for Tip #2: Have enough Material.
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