How did Spectra sneak into my number one spot for the best breast pumps?
If there was ONE question that I am asked over and over again as a mom and as a doula, it is “What type of pump is the best to use?” Over the years, I have pumped exclusively for 2 of my own children after 5 weeks of failed nursing, pumped and nursed for one of my children and pumped exclusively for 13 months after a surrogate pregnancy. Through the years, I have pumped exclusively for 38 months as well as pumping frequently while nursing my third baby. Throughout these pregnancies, I donated more than 40,000 oz of milk to other families and the preemies milk bank. I have learned a thing or two about pumps, storage, supply and other nursing problems and successes. I would say that lactation support is one of my favorite parts of being a doula!
I will break it down for you on some of my favorite pumps on the market. Honestly, at this point, my favorites break down between Medela and Spectra – though there are some other great pumps on the market as well! This post talks about the different types of Spectra posts. If you are interested in learning more about Medela pumps, check out this blog. Medela blog here
There is something about this company and their products. They have superb customer service!! Most of their products are hospital grade with a consumer price. This is truly a big deal. If you have ever used a consumer grade pump vs a hospital grade, you will immediately know the difference.
Quick Pros and Cons:
- Lower Price for a Superb Product
- Gentle suction
- S1 internal battery gives freedom
- Closed system
- Hospital Grade
- Timer & Nightlight
- Customizable dual phase suction (Let down & Express modes)
- Hard to find products in store
- Bottles aren’t my favorite – Bottle has unscrewed and I wore a lap of milk and the writing on bottle comes off easily
(Both of these Cons can be fixed by using Medela Hack and Medela parts)
- Small and Portable
- Rechargable Battery
- Gentle Suction
- Hard to find since it is so coveted
- Personal Use (no resell and not closed system)
A more comprehensive breakdown of why I love Spectra pumps so much! Check out this blog.
Written by: Melanie Binversie, Owner & Lead Doula of Stars and Stripes Doulas of Washington DC