Efficient at expressing milk
Makes minimal noise
Has a night light
Not very portable
loving it but....
This is my first breast pump and its currently working really well for me as my nipples have been damaged from my baby not being able to latch properly. It's really easy to assemble and to use. I'm pumping literally 8 times a day. I'm getting at least 100mL each time with both breasts. The only negative thing I have to say about it is that I got charged $7.18 from my bank as they charged me from " Spectra Baby Australia Singapore" which is a Singapore merchant. I would have used my international credit card if they had informed me.
Purchased in December 2019 for $299.00.
Awesome product Shame about availability
I was an exclusive pumper with a premmie baby in the NICU. I was using the S2 and pumping 6-7 times a day. Two months in (my son had just come home) and I noticed the suction had decreased and noticed tears on both my valves. When I went to order replcament parts - they were out of stock and would not be in for another MONTH. Now this would have been ok BUT -
a. I knew how important the parts were and had gone to order complete spare sets only a month (Sept) into the S2 'just in case'. The parts were out of stock until October. All of them.
Purchased in July 2019 at Spectra Baby for $399.00.
Its not love
I bought this pump a couple of months ago, when I had my second baby. I wanted to express for times that I wouldn't be home to breastfeed. For my first bub I had a medela swing, but I unfortunately killed it when my 'let down' flooded the machine. I had read all the reviews and thought that the spectra was the way to go due to all the positive reviews and having the valve that prevents the milk from going into the machine.
Unfortunately, it isn't love for me. I still prefer the comfort of the medela over the spectra. I have used both the swin...
VERY strong pump
I previously used the medela pump in style. I was very responsive to that pump and would express a fair bit of milk comfortably. I bought this pump for expressing with my new baby, as my medela broke.
I used the pump and also breastfed for the first few weeks. I found the pump uncomfortable and even painful to use. To the point I was dreading having to use it :( I developed a small crack in my nipple (not the fault of the pump, but from incorrect latching) and even though the lactation consultant recommended I take a break from breastfeeding...on that side and pump (to allow the crack to heal) the pump made it worse. I tried using only the letdown mode while expressing as it was more gentle. But I was hardly getting any milk out using only letdown The pump does have amazing reviews , so think that my experience is not that common. I have gone back to my medela after getting it repaired, and find it suits me better. I get much more milk from it, and it feels more comfortable. That said I feel the spectra is extremely well made, very strong, and a great price for a hospital grade pump. Korea makes really high quality electronics in general, so felt confident when I purchased it (over buying a chinese made pump). I liked the little extra features on the pump (night light and bottle holder).
Pump is good but bottles are terrible
The pump is easy to use and is confortable to hold however the bottled are very annoying. Its very difficult to close the lids properly. On many occasions i have closed the bottle and gotten ready to feed baby however it has spilt milk all over him and ive lost my valuable milk!
Sufficient for what we need
I bought this as soon as I left the hospital.
In the hospital I was given the Madela to use. It was great. But due to recommendations I bought this instead. It's suction are not as strong as I expected. It's louder than the one in the hospital. I prefer the Madela ones in the hospital.
Was a bit disappointed
I purchased this as a first time mum based on the recommendations online. I had previously hired a medela from the pharmacy. I have to say I was so disappointed. I did not get even close to the amount of milk with the spectra as I had with the medela. I contacted the company immediately and instead of looking to see if it was a product fault (got over 100ml hand expressing yet not even 40ml between both breasts on the pump) I was told to watch videos to ensure I was using it correctly. As a mum newly out of the hospital this was harsh and not h...ow it should have been dealt with. I have since sold the spectra for less than half what I paid new. I would encourage women to try hire and test out all pumps before buying as that was a $300 product that did not work for me.
Good for single use
I really like my specta and haven't had too many issues other then the suction strength when double pumping. Seems like when I use it as a single I get way more, which makes things hard when I am at work. I don't have the time to only use it as a single so I do double and just get less, which is frustrating.
I am a exclusive pumper, I have own the Spectra S2 for several months. One has already quite on me had to send it back and it was replaced. Your service it great, quick to response, offers helpful information.
Have had touble double pumping with this pump, does not seem very efficient, not very much milk. Single pumping seems fine but for me that takes up too much time, and your bottles leak,even ehen your pumping intobthem. Bought the new ones and after a period of time they leak too.
Also after time moisture began s to develop in ...
Good but not great!
I used a Medela swing for 9 months with my daughter (lots of expressing) with no problems. Leant it to my sister in law who used it for 6 months and then a friend who heavily used it for 4 months. For my second baby my Medela was tired and only survived 4 months before dying. I did a lot of research and replaced my pump with a Spectra. The suction was amazing for about a month and I noticed it started to slacken off. I now have it on the highest setting to get the milk out I need... But I wouldn't say it is any more impressive than my previous ...pump. It still does the job (and does it well) but I don't know that I would lend it out to friends (or whether it will last for another baby). When I contacted the customer support about this I was essentially blamed for not using the pump correctly. I had to do a video call with them to prove that I was. They watched me assemble the pump and then told me I needed to buy new parts. The new parts didn't arrive so I had to get them to resend them. I was then pressured to use the pump on a video call in front of one of the sales reps (which I wasn't comfortable with) so they could see if I was using it properly. I don't even know if any of the sales reps are trained lactation consultants or not... But they told me the loss of suction was not a problem with the pump but instead my hormones (?) and that it was normal for women to use the highest setting after a long time pumping. When I asked for a repair / replacement / refund (as entitled under warranty and the ACCC) I was told that there was nothing wrong with my pump and therefore the warranty would not cover it - but that I could pay for a service (including postage). So... Long story short. Average pump. Does the job to an average standard. Certainly not 'hospital grade'. Not sure why there are numerous suction settings when apparently every woman will need to use the highest setting after using it for a month. Customer service was abysmal - while they are certainly responsive their 'go to' answer is always to blame the customer. I'd love to hear from anyone who has actually ever had their warranty honored... I also found that the bottles leak a LOT. I tried boiling the bottles in vinegar etc. I found it particularly bad when the milk was warmer than it should be. When I upended the bottle for a feed the warm air inside couldn't escape from the small hole in the teat and so would escape (with a spray of milk) out the rim of the bottle. Not pleasant.
Nipple shield too small
I was borrowing a Medela Symphony for 3 months and decided to purchase the Spectra, rather than hire a Medela, to continue my breastfeeding journey as people at my Parents Group recommended it. When I purchased the machine I didn't take note that the nipple shield came in one size. I feel I wouldn't now be dealing with a bleeding nipple if I hadn't been using the wrong size shield. This isn't a fault with the machine but more a reflection on the purchasing options by the company. I have to spend another $50 for new shields sets too rather than ...just being able to purchase the shield. I really don't enjoy the feel of the let down setting. I prefer the Medela let down setting. So far the shields seems quicker to clean than the Medela. I haven't been able to express as much as I could with the Medela which is probably because the Spectra doesn't have as strong a vacuum. I would probably hire a Medela instead of purchasing the Spectra for short term expressing (about 6 weeks) but long term it will do the job.
High hopes quickly faded cause of the membranes
Lost suction after only 2 days of use, and after a week used all the white membranes. However the customer service was amazing gave us a replacement valve and membrane in no time, however that still didn't work and by then went through 4 membranes and we had enough, last straw was the duck valves that worked for the time been. Thank goodness the customer service and the duck valves were the saving grace otherwise this would of been a disaster. Not perfect but good enough
I am not the biggest fan I have had mine almost 2 months and the bottles fall off while I'm pumping/ the bottoms of the bottles are made funny so they fall over all the time and the inside white parts fall off into the bottles while pumping very frustrating.
Loved it until it stopped working after 9 weeks
This pump was more comfortable than my Ameda. It is easy to clean and maintain. However, my baby is now 9 weeks old and the pump is stuck on massage mode. I can't get it out of this mode- even when it switches over to suction mode- it is still only massaging. I will be calling the medical supply company today to see if they can replace it as it is something I dependent on as a working mom. I will give 5 stars if I get a working pump again.
Not strong enough.
After researching I bought the spectra S2. I used a hospital grade pump for the first few months of 'breastfeeding' because my baby was born extremely premature. Then I used a rechargeable pump of the same brand when I returned home. After a fair few months I noticed that I needed stronger suction and the rechargeable one wasn't doing a good job. I used one in hospital and it took 10 minutes to get out the same amount as 40 mins on my rechargeable one so I thought I would invest in a 'hospital grade' spectra S2 because it was suggested that the...option of the speed and strength would be great only to discover that the speed and strength are two different modes that can't be combined on maximum! I use the let down mode on full strength to switch over to regular pumping mode to use on its full strength (it'd be great if I could max both out together) and still it takes me 30 minutes and I have to squeeze to get the milk out. anyway if you need a strong suction then maybe this isn't the pump for you.
Questions & Answers
Dear spectra. I have a spectra- with blue colour and have noticed it is becoming increasingly loud when I pump, compared to when I first started. Is there something i need to do to quiet the pumping process. It is especially loud during the mimicking of suckling.
Hi Venessa, pump sound alone is not an indicator of fault, but there are things that can influence this for sure. :)
If the pump has been knocked or dropped at all, that will influence it. It is also important to change the shield kit parts regularly as recommended, as this will affect sound too.
Ensure your shield kit is set up properly, and using a softer surface to set the pump on will also help. :)
Hope that helps. :)
Best for 200$ or less
My pump powers on and immediately powers off, any ideas?
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- The Spectra S2 Hospital Grade Double Electric Breast Pump has 320mmHg of suction, as well as the ability to adjust this suction strength so you can choose what’s most comfortable for you.
- Double pumping lets you save time by expressing milk from both breasts simultaneously - making it great for time-poor mothers (which is, let's face it, most mothers).
- It also has a massage mode to promote quick letdown.
- Spectra advertises this breast pump as being “super quiet”, meaning it could be a good option for those after discreet pumping.
- The breast pump has an adjustable cycle speed, letting you choose between 5 speed settings between 38 and 54 rpm.
- It’s a closed system, meaning no milk will leak outside the pump, and nothing will get in the pump, making it more hygienic for both mum and bub.
- For those who find themselves up at all hours needing to express, this breast pump has a night light and timer to make those sleepy express sessions slightly easier.
- It’s mains-powered, so it must be plugged into a power outlet in order to operate.
- The whole device weighs 2kg.
Points of praise:
- Most reviewers said that this breast pump was efficient at expressing milk and effectively mimicked a baby’s natural stimulation. It also didn’t lose suction.
- The night light was appreciated by a lot of reviewers, who said that it provided enough light to see what they were doing during night express sessions but was dim enough to not disturb anyone else.
- Reviewers said that the device made minimal noise.
- The main pain point of this breast pump is that it isn’t very portable, as it’s bulkier than most other breast pumps and is mains-powered. Spectra however doesn’t advertise it as being portable, and portability may not be a pain point for women who don’t require a pump they can easily take on the go.
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- GTIN13: 8809108011305
- MPN: SPS200
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