Post # 1
I finally settled on getting the Spectra pump but my insurance is offering the S2 (no battery) for free or I can upgrade to the S1 (with battery) for about $100. I am trying to figure out if the battery is worth the extra money. I do work from home, but I am sure the battery can be used during other times too so I wanted to get feedback from people who used pumps.
Post # 2
I have don’t have a battery pack (I have a medela tote and spectra) and have never missed it or wanted one. Depends on your situation and how much you are going to pump. I only pump so many places- work (office), bedside, couch, in my car. I have a car adaptor which I love. All those places have outlets. I suppose you could use batteries but why waste batteries when I can plug it into my car? Plus, some people complain the battery pack is not quite as strong as an outlet. If anything, I’d want a freestyle so I could clip it to me and be able to move around and try to do stuff (If I could, not sure if I’d be able to). Spectra is too bulky and still needs to be placed somewhere (tabletop).
So I don’t know if it’s worth it to you or not- depends on your situation. Some women work in the field or have to pump in places without outlets at work or maybe travel often so they need to pump in airports and I’m sure it’s invaluable to them to have a battery pack so they can pump absolutely anywhere.
Post # 3
In general I’d say no, you don’t need a battery pack. However, after my second daughter was born we had a hurricane and lost power about a week after I brought her home. She had been in the NICU and never latched so I was exclusively pumping at that point. Luckily we had a car adapter, so I had to sit in our car and pump. I bet my circumstances were unusual though.
Post # 5
It really depends how often you need to pump. In the beginning I was pumping after every feed due to supply issues and having the Medela Freestyle was so amazing. Otherwise I would have been stuck sitting in one spot during the feedings AND pumps- basically all the time. Instead during pumps I could walk around, do chores, etc. now I only pump when I’m missing feeds or drinking so it’s not as important, although still handy (i.e. I can pump in a bathroom stall). But based on a PP comment, you won’t be able to have much freedom with the spectra either way so it’s maybe not worth it.
Post # 6
I never used one. I had the medela double pump and only used it plugged in.
However, I did purchase a cheap manual pump which was convenient at times! I would recommend doing that. I believe mine was less than $40
Post # 7
I never had the need for a battery in over a year’s worth of pumping.
I’d just get a handpump if I was worried about not having access to an outlet once in a while, personally.
Post # 8
It depends on how much you are going to pump, and where. I have been exclusive pumping for 10.5 months and I use the wall outlet for my medela pump most of the time. I also have a car charger that goes in the cigarette lighter, and a battery pack. I use the car charger a ton actually, because I have always found it convenient to pump while being a passenger in a car. I use the battery pack the least, but still found it useful. I have used it when I wanted to pump and multi-task at home, when I wanted to pump in a public place, or once when the electric company turned off the power to my house to do line work while I was trying to pump. My battery pack requires 8 AA batteries though, so I only use it when needed so I don’t waste money on batteries. Would yours be a rechargable battery? If so, that might be really useful IF you are going to pump a lot. I do notice a decrease in the power of my pump using the battery pack vs. the wall outlet.
Post # 9
I have the S1 and I LOVE it. I do use the battery vs being plugged in most of the time, but not because I’m somewhere where I can’t plug it in, just because it doesn’t make a difference and why bother plugging it in if I don’t have to? It sounds like with some other pumps you can tell the difference between being on battery power and being plugged in, but with the S1 they are exactly the same. The battery lasts for quite a while too. I pumped twice a day every day, and only had to charge it about every 1-1.5 weeks. I used it in the car quite a bit, and sometimes liked to move spots while I’m pumping. But I don’t think it would be that big of a deal to not have the battery if you’re almost always going to be at home.
Post # 10
I had a medela and just plugged it in, never really felt like I desired a battery. I pumped at work for a year.
Post # 11
It depends where you will be pumping most of the time. I used an electric pump and always had somewhere to plug it in, but only because at work I had the option of going to an empty office or a one-person bathroom. If I had to be somewhere with no outlet, or too gross to break out a big pump, I used a manual one.
Post # 12
I had to pump exclusively because my daughter couldn’t latch. I did it for a year. I was glad to have a battery/corded option. I would pump everywhere, the mall, out running errands, etc. Basically, since I had to pump every 3 hours, max, I was thankful not to be tied to an outlet.
Post # 13
I am in the minority here but like a PP I have the S1 and love not having to plug it in! I just carry it around with me, use it in the middle of the night where it’s convenient, never worrying about proximity to a plug. Totally worry the $90 out of pocket I paid.
Post # 14
It depends on your circumstances. I have both the medela pump in style and the freestyle. The pump in style stays in the nursery. I use it during the day (I work from home). But, i travel a lot and LOVE the freedom I have with a battery operated freestyle. I pump all over (airports bathrooms, the car, walking around my house doing things like emptying the dishwasher) and it causes me so less stress when I’m on the go. The pump in style was covered by my insurance but the freestyle was 1000% worth the cost.
Post # 15
I have a pump in style and a handpump. I had a few weeks where I had to pump before every feeding and I did not desire a battery pack… whenever I want a portable pump, I like using the handpump because it’s smaller, lighter, and discreet (quiet)