Breast Pump Recommendations

posted 2 weeks ago in Babies
  • poll: Which pump would you pick?
    Medela Pump in Style Advanced : (4 votes)
    27 %
    Medela Sonata : (0 votes)
    Medela Freestyle : (0 votes)
    Spectra S1 Plus : (11 votes)
    73 %
  • Post # 2
    Member
    2390 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    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 # 4
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    8106 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper

    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
    Member
    993 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    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 # 7
    Member
    394 posts
    Helper bee

    I barely ever pumped, but I loved my Spectra2 when I did!

    Post # 8
    Member
    6602 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2015

    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
    Member
    6239 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • 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
    Member
    325 posts
    Helper bee

    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
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    9222 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    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
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    120 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    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
    Member
    532 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    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
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    9505 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    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
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    317 posts
    Helper bee

    Didn’t realize you were asking about those specific brands so I deleted my comment about Willow pump

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