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Cantaloop maternity and nursing bra: how easy is it to use?

Alex Boyd, a disabled mother of four from Salisbury, UK, reviews the Cantaloop Maternity and Nursing Bra. Available from www.cantaloop.com.

Picture of woman feeding her child using Nursing Bra

The Cantaloop Maternity and Nursing Bra features drop-cups with ‘a smart clip/unclip system which means you can easily unclip to feed with one hand‘. The manufacturer also claims that this bra will fit perfectly, provide support (without wires or stiff fabrics), and be softer and more comfortable to wear than any other bra. It has adjustable straps and is available in four sizes which aim to fit 95% of women. The bra comes with instructions.

Due to my arthritis, I have not been able to find a nursing bra to suit my individual needs. As I have restricted hand and finger movement, I have always found the fastenings very fiddly ‒ even when they claim to be one-handed. In the past, I have also found maternity bras to be very uncomfortable. They are either too big or squish you in at the wrong places.

I have four children, my youngest, Izabella is 18 weeks. This pregnancy was different as it was the first time I knew I was going to give breastfeeding a very good go and stick to it for as long as I could. (I am trying to stay off the medicines as I cannot breastfeed when taking them.)

The Cantaloop Maternity and Nursing Bra did live up to the hype in terms of comfort and support. Although it did not look very supportive, I was surprised that it did hold you in very well. This bra differed from others I have used as it seems to breathe and not get you sticky and sweaty. The lightweight and unrestricted design is fabulous. I think the quality is very good. It washed beautifully, dries very quickly and looked fine after a good few washes! The fit was snug but I expected that being plus size. It was incredibly comfortable to wear, felt as light as a cloud and did not pinch or restrict.

I did find this bra easier to use than other nursing bras that I have tried, as I did not have to twist around and do the back up. However, maybe because of my fingers, the one-handed clasp did not work well for me, and I found that I needed both hands to unclip and clip the bra. If you are restricted with your hands and arms, it is a bit of a hoo-hah dressing in this bra, but it was possible for me to use two-handed. With some other bras, I have not been able to use them at all because I could not twist around to do the back up, and others I could not use because the clasps where just far to complicated and too small for me to grip.

The main things I look for in a nursing bra are comfort, support and accessibility of use. Sturdier, larger bits to clip /unclip the bra would help me personally. However, it was still accessible for me to use and the comfort made up for the shortfall for me.

In short, I am still searching for the perfect bra to suit my needs but this bra is the best I have found to date. I would recommend it to others.

Published: 5 February 2014

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