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Whether you’re pregnant or breastfeeding, the Cotton Candy Luxury Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra from Cake Lingerie will give you great support and a smooth silhouette, although it’s unlikely to be your first choice if you’re looking for style rather than comfort.
Cake Lingerie is best known for its high-end, on-trend maternity and nursing underwear. The Cotton Candy Luxury Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra fills a gap in Cake’s range, being a great basic for everyday wear. Particularly suited to the first trimester of pregnancy, post-birth and as a sleep bra, its T-shaped back, strength panels and double-layer side slings maximise lift and support. The memory stretch fabric retains its shape and moulds to your changing figure, while drop cups make for easy, one-handed access come breastfeeding time.
Priced at £29.90, with matching briefs at £14, Cotton Candy is available in sizes S to XL (covering bra sizes 32-42 and cups B-FF), in a choice of pink or grey.
What we love
Comfort-wise, the Cotton Candy bra is a definite winner. My daughter Katie is 13 months old, so sore boobs are no longer an issue for me, but it would be fantastic during pregnancy and the early stages of breastfeeding, when your breasts often feel tender and heavy.
The T-shaped back – a unique feature of the Cotton Candy – keeps everything well supported and held in place. I wish this bra had been on the market when my baby was newborn.
The fabric of the Cotton Candy is lovely and soft, and the cups fold down nicely when I’m feeding Katie. The seam-free style makes the Cotton Candy perfect under tight-fitting tops, and it would be gentle on sensitive pregnant or post-birth boobs, too – no irritating seams to chafe sore nipples.
It’s definitely comfy enough to sleep in, and I could imagine wearing it when exercising, too.
With just four sizes covering a wide range of bra sizes, and fabric that moulds to your shape, the Cotton Candy bra eliminates the need to keep getting measured, and the expense of buying new bras as your breasts change size and shape. The same bra could conceivably last you from the first trimester right through to breastfeeding. It washes well and can be tumble-dried, too – a very welcome feature for a nursing bra.
What to watch out for
When you’re getting breastfeeding established, comfort and support are the only things you need from a nursing bra, but 13 months on, I’m a bit more fickle and I’m seduced by style over substance. The Cotton Candy is a good basic, but its looks are nothing to shout about, and it doesn’t fit my definition of ‘luxury.’
The Cotton Candy’s racer-back style means I can’t wear this bra under strappy tops, and also makes my back-fat squidge out rather unappealingly. I find it quite constricting when I first put it on, too, although it does relax with wear.
While the crop-top design of the Cotton Candy bra makes it comfortable to wear, I find that because it doesn’t have separate defined cups, my boobs are pushed together, which makes me a bit sticky on warm days. And the deep sides, which come up high under my armpits, make me feel sweaty, too.
Who is the Cake Lingerie Cotton Candy Luxury Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra best for?
Pregnant women and new-to-the-job nursing mums who need a comfortable, supportive bra that will adapt to their changing shape.
In terms of comfort and support, Cake Lingerie Cotton Candy Luxury Seamless Maternity/Nursing Bra is hard to beat, making it perfect for pregnancy, the early stages of breastfeeding, and overnight, but mums who have breastfeeding sussed might prefer a prettier, more fitted style.