GREAT: I have tried a TON of breast pumps between having my two boys and this is hands down my most favorite breast pump to date. The best thing about this pump is that it is hospital grade with a maximum suction strength of 350mmHG. I'm able to get the maximum amount of milk out in the shortest amount of time with this pump (though I always recommend pumping for at least 10-15 minutes). I kept hearing all about this pump on various breastfeeding & mommy Facebook groups and finally felt like I needed to see what all the hype was about - and believe me it lives up to its hype. After I had Christian I went back to work full time and therefore was pumping multiple times a day in the office. I was using Medela Freestyle breast pump, and while I loved how small the device was it was never very comfortable and I didn't feel like I was getting a ton of milk out. In comes the Spectra 1 and my world changed. It is incredibly comfortable and I was amazed at how much more milk I was pumping in a given day compared to my Medela. I also tried the Freemie as I thought it would be more convenient for pumping at work but didn't like that I couldn't see how much I had pump and again didn't feel like I got nearly as much as I do with the Spectra.
GOOD: Features. The Spectra S1 has a built-in rechargeable battery, a closed system (a physical barrier between the milk and the pump for hygiene and motor performance), nightlight and timer, letdown mode and fully adjustable program to best suit your body. I love the ability to customize my pumping experience to my own body's need. You can control both the cycle and the vacuum strength to make the pump the most comfortable for you and the most compatible to your own body's pumping needs.
BAD: The flanges that comes with the Spectra are wide neck and therefore really only fit the Spectra bottles. You can purchase an adapter kit on Amazon for about $7.00 so that the flanges can attach to any bottle, breast milk bag, etc.
UGLY: What I loved about my Medela Freestyle was how small it was - could fit in your hand. The Spectra 1 is not fitting in your hand. It is rather big so it is a little bit of a pain to cart to and from work though I did find an amazing bag for pumping which I will show in a later post. If they could make the Spectra 1 the size of the Medela Freestyle you would have the perfect breast pump.
*TO PURCHASE THE SPECTRA 1
TO PURCHASE THE FLANGE NECK ADAPTER CLICK HERE
*This breast pump should be covered through your insurance - most insurances I have seen cover the Spectra S1 or at the very least the Spectra S2** therefore you shouldn't have to click the link above and pay out of pocket cost.
**The main difference between the S1 and S2 is that the S1 has a rechargeable battery and the S2 has to be plugged in to work