Baby life is hard. They eat 8-12 times a day in those first few weeks and sometimes more. The first day or so after I had Jonah we were trying hard to nurse at Breast but after cracked and scabbed nipples and a crying baby, I decided to pump for a little bit; until my nipples healed at least.
At first my son was doing well going from Breast to bottle but then, very soon after I started the bottle, he didn’t want to nurse at my Breast anymore. I was both heartbroken and relieved. Relieved because I knew how to pump. I had, after all, pumped exclusively for Khloe for 13 long months. So, I knew what to do, my breasts knew what to do.
The Spectra S1 has been a god send. Not only has it allowed me to express milk for my baby but it has been my light in the middle of the night; it’s portable so I could move about while pumping and it’s easy to pack up and bring along with me wherever I go.
The Spectra S1 is a Hospital strength, double electric breast pump with a rechargeable battery. The rechargeable battery allows you to move from place to place without having to be stuck in one spot. I know that I was thankful for this feature because I would go and hang out with my baby while I pumped or washed bottles, made breakfast, did laundry. You name it. With the pump I used after I had my daughter, I had to stay wherever there was an outlet for my pump and it was pretty restricting.
Also, the only differences between the Spectra S1 and S2 is the S2 is not rechargeable and is pink in color. Whereas the S1 is rechargeable and blue in color. The S1 does cost about $50 more than the S2 but if you’re a mom that needs the flexibility then it’s definitely worth the extra cost.
Another HUGE factor in my love of the Spectra S1 and all Spectra pumps is that they are all closed systems. This means there is a barrier between the pump and flanges so no contamination or condensation gets in the machine or tubes. This was a huge problem I had with my old pump. I constantly had condensation in my tubes and I couldn’t keep it from happening. Spectra has you covered here! Such a relief.
I also really utilized the night light on the handle of the pump. I used it for pumping but mostly to see babe at night and to change diapers! I love that light!
Another great feature of the Spectra S1 is that it is customizable to your preferences. The buttons allow you to have adjustable suction in both let down mode and expression mode. For me, I always had the best out put staying in letdown mode 70 with suction (vacuum) up to 5. It may take some time for you to become accustomed to all the buttons but rest assured, it’s fairly easy and if you ever have questions, Spectra’s team of IBCLC’s is always on standby on their Facebook page. I messaged them countless times about issues I was having with either my understanding of the pump or feedings for my babe. They’re super friendly and actually care about your success. They’ve truly been there for me and I’m so grateful.
Here is a list of all the parts that come with your S1. It comes complete with 2 Spectra collection bottles. You will for sure need to purchase more collection bottles. Especially if you’re exclusively pumping.
- INCLUDES: Spectra S1 Hospital Grade Double/Single Breast Pump, 12 Volt AC Power Adapter, Detachable Power Cord Prongs, (2) Spectra Wide Neck Bottle, (2) Spectra Backflow Protector, (2) Spectra Duckbill Valve, (2) Spectra Tubing, (4) Flange (2-24mm & 2-28mm)
- The pump itself weighs 3.3 pounds
Don’t be afraid to reach out to Spectra on the fit of your flanges! I know I had no idea what size I needed. They sent me a handy nipple measuring step by step and we figured out that 24mm flange was the best fit for me. If the flanges that come with the pump don’t work for you, never fear, they have other sizes available! Reach out if you need help! You are not alone.
You can find this pump on Amazon for $199.99 or on the Spectra Website. Before you purchase this out of pocket, check with your insurance to see if they cover this pump. Many insurances cover it so it will be free to you!!
And don’t be afraid to reach out to me either here or on instagram @fiercelivingmomma
**this Pump was given to me by Spectra for review purposes. All words are my own **