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Spectra Baby USA S1Plus Electric Breast Pump
- 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)
- Closed system: No need to clean the narrow tubing because Spectra S1 has a closed pumping system that keeps tubing dry by preventing air flow between expressed milk and pump tubing while pumping protecting breast milk and baby from bacteria and mold
- Rechargeable battery: Spectra S1 has a convenient, inbuilt rechargeable battery
- Customizable settings: Each mother can customize her pump’s settings to her own body’s response and follow her flow to find her own best settings with the S1's completely adjustable suction and 2 phase cycling in let-down and expression mode
- Mommy owned: Spectra Baby USA is owned and run by registered nurses, board certified lactation consultants, and more importantly… by moms
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Loved by moms and lactation consultants worldwide, the Spectra S1 Plus Premier RECHARGEABLE Breast Pump is designed to bring confidence and comfort to every moment of the breastfeeding journey. The S1 is portable and quickly rechargeable for active moms, and also quiet and discreet for soothing pumping. The added night light allows you to easily pump at any hour. This pump conveniently weighs only 2.9lbs. With a maximum suction strength of 250mmHg and the ability to be used as a single or double pump, the S1 will be a great asset in your breastfeeding journey. The S1's completely flexible, touch button, with the S1 pump's digital controls allow you to set the pumping program to the speed and rhythm most effective for your body. The suction is adjustable in both let-down and expression mode. This quiet pump also includes a timer.
Our Founder, Heidi Humphries, insisted on the quietest motor available for the S1Plus, which when in the “massage mode” simulates the natural suckling of baby. Spectra Baby spent years developing features for the S1 Plus like “backflow protection” to keep your breast milk from harmful bacteria. We thought hard about things like “adjustable suction levels” because it provides a more natural flow of milk.
We are moms. We are nurses. We understand.
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Then the next step is to send a warranty claim and they warn in big bold letters: If you send two claims, we will deny your warranty request!!
I almost feel like i'm causing them a serious inconvenience with my warranty claim. mastitis, engorgement, baby feeding, not having a pump for two weeks are all problems that they seem very unconcerned about.
Earlier this year I had twins born at 34 weeks. They were doing well, but did spend some time in the NICU. When babies are in the NICU, you become super obsessed with how much milk they are getting. They can't go home until they take their "minimums" and gain weight. As a result, I've pretty much been exclusively pumping since they were born. My girl would latch, but I couldn't tell how much she was getting and she would get tired after a few minutes and wouldn't take the rest of her bottle. My boy had breathing problems at first and was being fed with a tube for the first 10 days. After that he had to learn how to eat and would get tired, so I didn't try to nurse him. Since I had to feed two and wanted to share my supply, pumping was the way to go.
Since I had preemies, my insurance paid for me to use a Medela Lactina pump. This is the big blue thing that is "hospital grade" and retails for a boatload ($1500 for the love!). I used the Lactina for the first two months but wanted something more portable (I bought a car adapter so I could plug it in and pump in the car on long days out). And, the Lactina is loud as all get out, which was annoying and I actually covered it with a blanket to muffle the sound so I could pump in the same room my husband and 3 year old daughter were watching TV in so I could be part of the family. I contemplated getting a Medela Freestyle, but read mixed reviews about being able to maintain supply. Having twins I did not want to risk my supply going down.
I took a leap of faith and bought this pump using gift cards for about half the cost. I figured if it didn't work at least I wasn't out all the money. Best. Decision. Ever.
-It is SUPER quiet compared to the Lactina. I have no idea how it compares to other pumps, but it is going to be nice to have at work and be able to answer the phone while pumping.
-It is pretty portable. I wanted something I could clip to my belt and walk around the house, but that is the Freestyle and I couldn't risk it. This is pretty lightweight, and I'm actually contemplating putting a ribbon through the handle and putting it over my neck. It never fails that when I'm pumping my husband is out of the house and my older daughter needs something. At the very least, I've put it on with my hands-free pumping bra (Simple Wishes brand- buy that too) and been able to put it on the kitchen counter to make bottles or lunch or whatever. Haven't tried cooking dinner yet, but that may happen.
-Nightlight is pretty neat, and has two levels.
-Timer is a cool feature. Most folks don't need to pump for more than 15-20 minutes, but most folks don't have twins. The timer shuts the pump off after 30 minutes which is how long I pump for. I used to set a timer on my phone, but don't need to do that so much anymore.
-Massage feature is pretty nifty. This pump almost pulses when creating suction. It was kind of weird at first since the other pump didn't do it, but it actually makes pumping pretty comfortable. The "massage" feature speeds up the pump and is designed to stimulate letdown. Once you have letdown, you are supposed to turn off the massage feature. (I don't, I like the fastest speed for my pumping. But again, twins.)
-Memory feature- the pump remembers what your last "normal" and "massage" settings were and goes back to them.
-Vacuum control- I use the pump on either level 2 or 3. It has 12 levels. Wow. As a nurse I'm really wondering who would need level 12. Maybe for someone with inverted nipples. Maybe if the battery ever gets weak I'll need to go up.
-It took a LONG time (probably 12 hours) to fully charge the battery when I first got the pump. It also says it can run plugged in, which is true, but so far as I can tell actually uses the battery regardless of whether or not it is plugged in. I could be wrong.
-If you use the nightlight feature while pumping it will drain your battery faster, and you will likely not get a full three hours of pump time. Probably not a problem for most people but worth noting.
-The bottles and pump kit are pretty cheap. That would probably be my biggest gripe about the whole thing. If we are spending this much money on a pump, the kit should be stellar. (Most pump kits are pretty terrible, so this is about par for the course.) But all is not lost. The ends of the tubing actually fit into my kit I had been using with my Medela. Also, and this is a problem with most pump kits, most women would need to lean forward to get the milk to drop down when sitting upright. So, my Lactina kit had removable flanges which I promptly tossed and used the angled ones from Pumpin' Pal. (Buy those too.) Also, I bought a pump adapter kit that worked with the Playtex bottles I was using so I could pump directly into the drop-in liners. (Cleaner that way, eventually the bottles will get gross no matter what you do.)
-If you are not using their backflow valves, you need to pay attention to your tubing. I am not, and have gotten some moisture into one of the tubes on the end. I just blow it out with a hair dryer in a couple of seconds. The tubing is nothing special and you could easily replace it with something from the hardware store if you needed to. It would also be pretty easy to jerryrig the tubing from another pump kit, which I may do so I can attach the backflow valves.
The "cons" I listed here may seem like a lot, but to me it wasn't enough that I would take away a star. I've had it for two weeks and I love it, and haven't noticed a drop in supply. I'll update this review if anything changes, but I don't see that happening.
So go buy this pump. Or put it on your registry or wishlist. You won't be sorry.
Links for the products I mentioned:
Pumpin' Pal Super Shields, Angled Pumping Flanges, the Best Flanges By Far in a Complete Set of All Sizes Mom Will Need
Simple Wishes Hands-Free Breastpump Bra, Pink, XS-L
Playtex Drop-Ins System Breast Milk Storage Kit
Updated 10/16/13 -A couple more product links for all the parts I'm using with my cobbled-together homemade kit. You really don't NEED anything but the angled flanges and hands-free pumping bra, but if you wanted to piece something together that's a bit more user-friendly, here are the links:
Medela Personal Fit Breastsheild Connectors - Medela 87071
Medela Valves & Membranes (Set of 1)
UPDATE 10/28/13- I've gone back to work and am taking this pump back and forth. I just put it in a small tote bag I had at home. I made two pump kits so I can leave one at home and one in my office at work and all I take back and forth is the pump. That probably wasn't necessary, but I probably would have ended up forgetting something one day so this was my way to make sure that didn't happen. Pump is awesome, and nobody can hear it when I answer the phone. The doctor in the office next to me is pumping as well, and you can hear her pump down the hall...
-Also, I finally attached the backflow valves. I basically just cut the tubing and attached one piece to either side of the valve. It's a small challenge to get the tubing on the large side, but it does fit. Now I can still stick the end of the tubing into my homemade Medela kit and it works great and I don't need to worry about moisture getting into my pump.
If you've got questions, post 'em and I'll do my best to answer! (I should probably just make a video...)
I breastfed only for first 3 weeks. Then I introduced 1-2 pumps a day. I didn't get much-but that was expected. Around the 5-6week mark I began pumping and stashing more frequently. By the time I went back to work at 13 weeks pp I had 800oz in my deep freezer.
My baby is now 23 weeks old and I have 1750oz in my deep freezer and she still nurses. This pump is AMAZING! It's nice to have the mobility of a rechargeable battery Bc I can pump and do chores and even pump in the backseat of a car while someone else is driving.
I have been separated from my baby for up to 20 hours and this pump is amazing! I would highly recommend to anyone over any of the other brands. I have even convinced some of my second time moms to switch to this pump (since it is free w insurance) and they have loved it and thanked me a 100times over.
The attached pictures are of my frozen milk stash and the other is a picture of my morning pump (after breastfeeding my baby girl).
Cheers and happy baby feeding!
I purchased this pump out of pocket and then mailed receipt and reimbursement application to tricare and they returned my money 100%. So worth it because if you go through a retailer they will only give you the S2 (which is not rechargeable).
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The pump seems to be very efficient in doing what it was designed. It extracts milk fast and efficiently, in a painless manner! We had a hand pump before that and any comparison would be unfair. The noise during operation doesn't bother us at all - we think it is quiet enough! Some reviewers online suggest that bottles from other brands might be better and suggest all kinds of mods to use the pump with other bottles. Maybe its true and with some modifications the pump gets even better. For us there was no need, we were amazed on how efficient it is every time. We always operate it on battery mode (not plugged in) which is very convenient. Light is very useful! Closed loop means milk doesn't enter the pump mechanism thus all components where milk flow are easily washable. The two available modes (letting down and expression) do what they were designed for. Frequency and strength of suckling is adjustable to find the sweet spot of max milk extraction and most comfort. Overall a great great little pump, we were extremely satisfied and it does what is supposed to do well!
I exclusively breastpump (so I constantly and consistently pump my milk, put it in a bottle and feed it to the baby) and it has worked like a champ!
I pump every 3 hours going from vacuum 8-12 (12 being the highest setting) and the motor has been putting up with the demand!
The suction is still great after using it for almost a month and the parts are still in good condition too!
It's amazingly quiet with very minimal hum at the highest setting, which I think is remarkable.
I pump about 8 oz (4oz per boob) in 10minutes so it's not time consuming and it gets all the milk out!
It's amazing and at par or even BETTER than Medela Freestyle and it's just HALF the price!
Just get it!
HIT THAT PURCHASE BUTTON AND JUST GET IT!
I spent 2 weeks in the hospital and was pumping at least 90 mls each session on the Medela Symphony. I did tons of research and had friends who raved about the Spectra so I ordered this pump. I also ordered extra flanges and special Spectra containers. After going home I was still pumping 6-8 times a day since I exclusively pump for my baby who is fed through an NG tube. Each day I was getting less and less milk during each pump on the Spectra. After 2 weeks I wasn’t pumping a single drop on the Spectra and had to supplement with formula.
I started beating myself up and feeling guilty that I was the problem since I could only get milk out with my manual hand pump. However, I started thinking maybe it’s the Spectra, so I rented a Medela Symphony for £47 a month which I just got today and my first 2 sessions gave me milk. Looks like it wasn’t me and now I’m out £150 on a pump that almost killed my supply and left my nipples in so much pain that I could barely put a top on.
Note I have used the medela swing and a medela pump in hospital. I find this pump gives me a greater yield and faster.
Other features I really like about it are: the rechargeable battery allows it can be moved anywhere; Built-in night light for night pumping; milk does not get into the tube.
I haven't got the problem mentioned in other reviews that the connector is falling off.
So overall I am very satisfied with this purchase, and would recommend it.
The pump can be used to express in single or double “mode”. It also has a let down mode (waves) which I use to start off the pumping session.
The rechargeable battery comes in handy for when on the go and lasts a great amount of time. So far I have rarely charged it.
The only downside is not being able to select the flange size you receive with the spectra. This will have to be purchased separately as it comes with a standard 28mm flange. You can use a breast shield/flange sizing tool (google) to determine the right size for your breast. I highly recommend doing so as the right size can increase your pumping quantity & prevent painful nipples.
I have been using the S2 since October (after switching from the s1) and it has been by far one of my best buys. It is powerful, durable and a great value for money compared to other expensive hospital grade pumps.
This pump, like any other pump, works. It extracts milk just like advertised but it comes with its own pros and cons (compared to medela symphony).
- It's relatively lightweight and can be moved about easily thanks to the battery.
- The night light feature is awesome!
- The timer feature is oh so useful! Saved me from over pumping (THERE IS SUCH A THING PEOPLE!)
- The battery life is pretty decent as long as you don't use the night light often.
- Suction is adjustable and can be quite strong, helping to empty the breast faster, which is pleasant.
- Lower suction levels yield little to no milk, which can lead to not emptying the breast well.
- Higher suction levels are PAINFUL! GOOD LORD! I cringe everytime i go above level 2 or 3. This is a catch 22, considering the point above. Now i just feel like my nipples are permanently sensitive and SORE!!
- This little machine is not as quiet as claimed. At least it's definitely louder than medela symphony.
- The vibrations that come with the expression mode are annoying (It's fine in the massage mode because it triggers let-down well enough but in expression mode it's not very yielding for some weird reason i am yet to figure out. I wish this part was smooth like the medela symphony).
That's all i can think of for now. It's a good little device that comes with its pros and cons like any device would. I love it, I have it, but it works (for now) and that's all that matters.
The only thing I would just be mindful of is the size of the suction cups. Thankfully the ones that were provided fit me fine but the lactation consultant made sure to check it was the right size and I hadn't realised this! It only comes in one size so more of a heads up.
The battery life is fantastic, and the additional light is so useful for pumping during the night.
The pump empties me well and is easy to clean and sterilise. Whilst in use, the pump is fairly quiet. It’s definitely more gentle than other pumps on the market but is comparable to others that I have used.
I haven’t used the teats so cannot comment on those.