Breastfeeding

Best Breast Pump Review

Let’s talk about the best breast pump. I went with the Spectra S2 because it is cheaper than the most popular brand, had good reviews, and can double pump. Turned out to be a great choice.

Spectra S2

Product: Spectra S2
Price: $151.99
Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Double or Single: Both
Warranty: 2 Year Warranty
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Supplies

The pump itself is hospital grade and comes with everything you need: a power cord, 2 bottles, backflow protectors, duckbill valves, tubing, and 4 flanges. The flanges come in two different sizes to help adjust for the different sizes of women’s boobs.

Specs – The Pros

This pump has 6 great features: quiet, night light, double pump option, adjustable settings, massage setting, and easy to clean.

Quiet

I’ve used this pump multiple times right next to my little one sleeping. It does make a sound, but it’s not disturbing at all.

I’ve had to pump next to my sleeping little one because of having guests over or traveling. In either case, I share the same room as Sara and pumping in the living room in front of other people is not appealing to me.

Night Light

The night light is very handy during these times where I pump next to my sleeping child. I can hit the button and see all my settings without having to turn on the big light that could wake up a sleeping baby.

The night light has two settings, dim and bright. I usually stick with the dim. It’s plenty bright.

Double Pump Option

I’ve double pumped every time. So this has been a great feature for me. When a let down gets activated in one breast, it inevitably gets activated in the other breast too. So pumping just one would mean the other boob makes a mess.

The only time I’ve single pumped is when Sara suddenly decides she’s hungry while I’m pumping. I stick her on one boob while continuing to pump the other.

Adjustable Settings

These are important to allow individual women to decide their comfort levels. You can adjust the vacuum and cycle settings to find something that activates letdowns, pumps out milk, and doesn’t hurt. Different women have different levels of comfort.

Massage Setting

The massage setting helps to activate a letdown. The pump applies a different frequency of suction cycle that mimics a baby trying to activate a letdown. The cycle is not as strong but faster than the normal cycle. When the letdown starts, you click out of the massage setting into one that sucks less often but stronger to pull out the milk.

The machine remembers your settings from the last use. So you don’t have to reset it every time.

Easy to Clean

All of the pieces of the Spectra S2 are easy to clean. The tubing only needs a rinse. The design ensures that it doesn’t get dirty. Everything else can be washed in warm, soapy water. It is not dishwasher safe.

The Cons

The pumps do not stick on by themselves. You have to hold them or buy one of the bras that keep it on for you. I chose to hold them on rather than spend the money. But we don’t bottle feed often. Someone who pumps regularly may want to invest in one of those.

Pros and Cons

Pros

Cons

Quiet

Nightlight

Double pump option

Adjustable setting

Massage Setting

Easy to clean

Does not stick on by itself

Has to be plugged in

Spectra S1

Product: Spectra S1
Price: $199.99
Price with tote & extra bottles: $232
Place to Buy: Amazon.com
Double or Single: Both
Warranty: 2 Year Warranty
My Rating: 4.7 out of 5

Specs

The S1 has all the same specs as the S2. In addition, it has a rechargeable battery. So if you have to pump somewhere without an outlet, you’re covered.

Accessories

The S1 comes with an additional buying option. You can buy it with a tote and spare bottles.

Working Mom Option

The extra supplies and the rechargeable battery makes the S1 ideal for working moms. The tote can contain all your supplies for traveling. And the rechargeable battery can help you pump in work centers that lack a proper breast pumping location.

Warranty

The warranty information for both of these pumps is the same and very important. If you don’t buy from the proper seller, you can void the warranty.

It must be bought from your insurance, SpectraBabyUSA, or iServe on Amazon. SpectraBabyUSA does sell on Amazon as well and is cheaper than iServe by a few bucks.

If you buy this product anywhere else, the warranty is voided.

It is also voided if you buy it secondhand.

Breast pumps are made for one use. Buying or receiving one secondhand needs to be done with care. It has to be properly sterilized between users. If it’s not, there is a risk of biological hazards.

The risk is too great for companies to extend their warranty for so they sell their products for one user only.

If you do have any issues with the pump, here is the site for contact info.

Overview

The Spectra is a great breast pumping option for moms. The S2 is ideal for stay at home moms. The S1 is pricier but comes with additional features and supplies for the working mom.

Still not sure? Click on the links to read the reviews on Amazon. People love these pumps.

What do you think of them? Do you have any experience to share?

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Shaunna Leclair
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Shaunna Leclair

Great content! I wish we had the options you have presented here when I needed them. Breast Pumps 20+ years ago were similar to dairy farm operations.

I found the pros and cons helpful in the review, along with who would benefit the most from each option. 

When the next Grandchild comes, I will be looking at these for my daughters!

Shaunna L

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Breast pumps have come a long way.  My new Momma friend was just asking for advice about breast pumps so I am passing your page to her!  Between all the settings you tested and the night-light I think the S1 or the S2 could both be a great option for her. I was wondering though, do you know if the S1 sticks on by itself or, is that just the S2 that doesn’t stick on by itself? I’m grateful you put information about how to not void the warranty.  New Moms have a lot to focus on and may overlook… Read more »

Chrissie Spurgeon
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Chrissie Spurgeon

Your post on the S1 and S2 electrics great pumps is very helpful for any mother who s searching for a good electric great pump. Whether you are working, or are a stay at home mom, there are always occasions when one needs to prepare bottles for a breast fed baby. I would think that one with a battery would be the Best Buy so that you are prepared for all occasions. I have never used an electric pump, just a manual one, but I think that if I were breast-feeding now I would probably choose an electric pump –… Read more »

Ernest
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This is interesting but it would be important to determine the difference between the s1 and s2 breast pumps​

Mariah
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Mariah

I am not a mother but I plan to be some day. I will keep your page in mind whenever that ends up happening 😉 This looks like a great option and I’m glad it is cheaper than the leading brand. The quiet sound and night lite are appealing as well. I will also let my sister in law who is expecting her second child know about this as well.

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Nuttanee

Thanks for the review! I am so happy that I came across your post and I do have the upcoming baby shower that I have to attend, guess what I am going to get? thank you for the warranty in the bottom, I didn’t know that you cannot buy a used breast pump, come to think of it it’s logical, it is personal thing and many infections can happen. Great review will keep this in mind and see what the others will bring for the baby shower! 

Cheers

Mary Ann
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Mary Ann

Hello Nicole. As a mother, I breasfed both of my children. It sure would have been nice to have these kind of options during that time! My daughter has two beautiful children and she breast fed both. I would often see her ‘pump’ the milk – and she used to complain about the pump she was using. This review sure would have helped her.

Thanks for sharing this review as I am sure many new mothers will benefit from this and be able to make a wise decision based on their own circumstances.

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Stacie

I unfortunately did not get to breast feed for very long, as I stopped making milk for some reason, so my one and only daughter was bottle fed.  If I had been a milk maker the Spectra S2 would have been my choice of pumps for sure! I have little boobs and did when I had the very little milk I did make, so holding the pump in place would have probably been a necessity anyhow, I didn’t even get to use one, so not real sure.  The quiet motor, night light, massaging mode, and the easy to clean were… Read more »

David
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David

Hi Nicole

Thank you for such an informative article. Being a male, it really helped me understand some of the dynamics my wife has to go through regarding her focus on breast-feeding our children.

It’s always good to get first-hand advice on a product…especially one on a topic as important as breast-feeding.

I was wondering if you have posted any articles on how men can support their women with breats feeding, or whether you plan to in the future?

Many thanks

David

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AnnetteCristina

Breast pumps sure have come a long way since I gave birth to my first daughter 24 years ago. I had no one to show me the proper way and ended up with red, irritated swollen nipples. I had no choice but to use a pump which did work fairly well but was no substitute for the intimacy of the natural method. My advice to all soon to be moms is learn as much as you can about it. The best would be to find someone with whom you can ask questions after the birth.

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Marcus

Hey! Out of all the websites that I have looked at, yours is possibly the best.  It is so professional looking and bids me to ask the question of how long it took you to make it? The layout is amazing and it was ridiculously simple to follow! Outstanding content, and not only that your engagement with your audience is really good and that is vital as the admin of a website.  Keep up the good work!

Margarette
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Margarette

I wish there a pump like that around when my kids were little.  The one I had only had 1 pump so I had to alternate, it didn’t come with bottles either.  Wow and it has a massage setting too, nice.  The Spectra 2 has more pros than cons that’s always good. 

Ooh, I like the Spectra 1’s rechargeable option.  I guess newer gadgets have more functions and capabilities. Which one would you recommend?