Post # 1
It’s been a long wait, but Darling Husband and I are finally getting our rainbow baby this spring. My employer provides a breast pump to everyone who has a baby, and all I have to do is pick one. I have no idea how to go about assessing what is “good” when it comes to a pump. My options are:
– Medela Pump in Style Advanced
– Medela Sonata
– Medela Freestyle
– Spectra S1 Plus
Any suggestions or reviews would be much appreciated!
Post # 2
Is the S1 the portable one? I had the S2 and I loved it. I used a Medela at the hospital and wasnt impressed. I actually had to exclusively pump for 12 looooooong fucking months because my baby had latch/suck problems and also growth problems, so we didn’t have time to fuck around with working on the latch for weeks. So, I consider myself an expert 😂 I also had the Bella Baby as a backup and portable cheap option
Post # 3
KittyYogi : Yeah, the S1 has a rechargeable battery. It seems like Spectra overall has good reviews. Out of curiosity, what didn’t you like about the Medela?
Post # 4
JiminyCricket : they are all good pumps so it will come down to what you need/want out of it. Is portability a concern? I kept a pump at home and at work (both the pump in style) so I wouldn’t have to schlep it back and forth but if that’s not an option consider your commute with the pump. The pump in style is the most widely used I would say and the easiest to get a replacement part for the same day in store depending on your location. My friend always planned to exclusively pump so she liked the one that was battery operated and could clip in her pants so she wasn’t tied down all the time (I think it’s the freestyle) but since I only planned to pump when I was away from baby that wasn’t a concern for me.
Post # 5
I lovedddd the spectra. I had a Medela PISA but my husband quickly renamed it the “nipple shredder” haha because the spectra was so much more gentle and emptied me better than the medela.
Post # 6
LilliV : I’ll be on maternity leave for six months, but after that portability would be a concern because I’ll be schelpping it back and forth from the office.
Cote1590 : Hah, I did read that the Spectra was gentler and quieter than the others..
Post # 7
I barely ever pumped, but I loved my Spectra2 when I did!
Post # 8
I had the Medela PISA, and I keep saying for my next baby that I would pay out of pocket for a Spectra if insururance won’t cover it. It really was tough on my nipples. Ugh.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - The Liberty House
I LOOOOVED my S1 when I exclusively pumped for 7 months for my twins. I liked it even better than my rented hospital pump. I used it while driving, while playing with the kids. It was amazing. Plus it fits Avent bottles so I just pumped right into the big bottles for storage.
Post # 10
I had the Medela and the Spectra and liked them for different reasons. The Spectra is very quiet so was good to pump at work (I could even be on speakerphone for conference calls without people hearing). But I had chronic plugged ducts and the Medela was MUCH better at getting them out.
I’d recommend 2 pumps rather than schlepping back and forth to work – that’s far too much of a risk you’ll forget things.
Post # 11
I EP’d for 15+ months and used a Medela Symphony at home and a PISA at work (both were free through insurance). No complaints about either! 🤷♀️
Post # 12
I loved my Spectra S1. The rechargeable battery was awesome. I’d plug it in once or twice a week overnight and never had to worry about being near a plug to pump. I went back to work at 14 weeks after delivery and pumped until she was 12 months. Worked great the whole time. I was also able to buy extra pump parts off Amazon so I had a few sets.
Post # 13
I’ve had two Medela PISAs and went with the Spectra S1 (whichever version doesn’t have a battery) for my third. The Medela(s) produced more milk for me, and were easy to wear with a pumping bra (VITAL for me), had a lot of easy access parts (bottles, storage etc.) but it’s LOUD, and a little clunky- also never, ever turns off. The spectra had a nightlight and a timer with an auto shut off- which was magical. AND it is SO quiet. BUT…you had to manually move from letdown mode to regular pump mode- which wasn’t ideal and sometimes I’d forget- the Medela does that automatically. The bottles and parts are a weird shape- so didn’t work with my pumping bras and didn’t easily fit with all of our other 100000 medela storage bottles or my hands free pumping bra so it was annoying to constantly be pumping, pouring into new, and then washing (we could have always ordered more spectra bottles…but it was our third so we weren’t going there). Lastly, and for some unknown reason, I ended up with a bunch of clogged ducts while using the Spectra- so I ended up switching back to my loud medela. I did purchase, but didn’t end up using, converters so I could have used my medela flanges and bottles with the spectra pump- they were cheap on amzon, so if you’re really in it for a spectra, but want some of the nicer options for the medela, maybe give those a shot. Congratulations!
Post # 14
I used the Medela PISA for over a year and never had any complaints.
Honestly I think the most important thing is having the correct size flanges, whatever pump you get.
Post # 15
Didn’t realize you were asking about those specific brands so I deleted my comment about Willow pump