Over a year ago I started learning more about traditional Bengkung wrapping, and then last October I was able to try it out myself after the birth of my third baby. Now that I have had the opportunity to wrap over a dozen mothers, and to wear the wrap myself, I am happy to offer some tips and tricks that may help the modern mother to wear the Bengkung wrap most comfortably. Some of these will apply more to the person doing the wrapping, and others to the person who is wearing the wrap.
For the One Wrapping-
For the Wearer-
One More Thing....
If there is something that I believe strongly in, it's honesty. So, in the interest of full disclosure, I feel that I need to mention that a Bengkung wrap may not work for all body types. In particular, I find that women with very wide hips in relation to their waists have a harder time keeping the wrap in place enough to be effective.
The wrapping style was developed for a certain group of women, who typically have a certain body type- very wide hips are not very common. Note that weight is not really an issue; it's more a question of how much of a curve there is from the hips to the waist. If the wrap doesn't work for you, keep the fabric to use for other purposes, or pass it along to a friend! (In each of my Bengkung wraps there is about 2.5 yards of beautiful, high-quality batik.)
I've very much enjoyed practicing Bengkung wrapping and helping women to learn it over the past year. I hope that these tips and tricks will help you to be confident enough to try Bengkung wrapping for yourself or clients, and successful when you do!
Doulas who have been offering this service, or mother who have tried the Bengkung wrap, do you agree with these suggestions?
p.s....You can buy a Bengkung wrap from me on Etsy HERE, or from my website. If you live in the Charlottesville area, I would be happy to come to you and show you how to benefit from Bengkung wrapping!
I look at birth from the perspective that our bodies are wonderfully made, and if we really believe that and work with the birth process and nourish our bodies properly, they will function optimally, most of the time!