use of binders, if the mother has been instructed to use them by her physician/practitioner.
a. Purpose: Binders are wide cloth
bandages or cloth wrappings, usually of cotton, that may be worn for various
1) Binders may be used postoperatively
or after childbirth to give support to a weakened body part.
2) They may be used to hold dressings
and bandages in place.
3) Binders may put pressure on parts
of the body as a comfort measure. They could possibly be used for a nonbreastfeeding
mother or a mother who must stop breastfeeding suddenly. Binders may also
be used to keep pressure against an incision to assist with greater movement.
1) The binder must be wrinkle-free,
dry, and clean for comfort and to prevent irritated areas or bedsores.
2) An abdominal binder is usually applied
from the bottom up and may be pinned (use caution) or fastened with
3) Breast binder
(a) A breast binder may be fastened with
pins (use caution) or Velcro.
(b) Fasten at the shoulders.
(c) Work from the middle then to top