Alright, I'm back ... again ... I never grew to *like* the belly bandit, but I did keep making myself put it on and dare I say I think it's worked. As I got smaller it got more comfortable and I was able to wear it more often, although I certainly did not wear it 24 hours a day (more like 8-10). I'm 5 weeks post partum after a c-section right now, and while the small size started out so tight I could barely fasten the velcro, now I only have about an inch left before I would need an xs. Now the flab, that is a separate question and something that I need to work on, but I was able to comfortably button one pair of pre-pregnancy jeans last weekend and got the rest on. I feel like another week or two I will fit into my old clothes, and as though it's given me some motivation to work on toning and losing more weight. All I've been doing on top of wearing the bandit is walking (long walks, but slow, barely enough to break a sweat unless it is hot outside) and eating well (6 small meals instead of three large ones, but usually some treats mixed in and a glass or two of wine frequently). I've lost all but 7 lbs of what I gained, but at 7 lbs over my pre-pregnancy weight I don't think the pants would fit so well, and attribute that part to the belly binder. So, bottom line - do I think anyone needs a belly bandit? NO. But is it awful, like I said in my earlier post? Not awful either.