The baby is asleep on Chief’s chest, so I have time for a quick post about the Spectra S1 vs. the Medela Pump in Style Advance.
In short: The Spectra kicks the Medela’s ass. Let me list the ways that it’s better:
1. So gentle. No pain at all. None.
2. I got way more milk out. I normally don’t pump in the afternoon because a) it’s not worth the small amount I usually get and b) I don’t want to drive my supply up any higher. Today I pumped after she ate from both breasts and got three ounces. Normally I would get 1-2. I can’t wait to see what I get in my morning pump where I usually get 3-4 ounces.
3. It’s so quiet. I don’t have to turn the TV up to hear it over the sound of the pump.
4. I loved that I wasn’t tied down by the cord because I had charged it last night. I just sat it up in bed with me.
5. It fits the AVENT bottles we already have perfectly. I ordered some compatible bottles on Amazon but I’m going to return them because we have a ton of these AVENT ones. I did order some $5.00 lids though because I just have nipples for these bottles.
6. I got it for $150 on eBay. Someone had only used it 4-5 times and then quit breastfeeding.
There are just a few cons:
1. I can’t get spectra stuff anywhere locally. Medela and Lasinoh has the market cornered in my area.
2. I didn’t realize I could only purchase one flange at a time. I bought what I thought was a set of 28 mm’s, but it was actually just one. Luckily I can use the freemie’s I have with it (I ordered the adaptor set) until the next 28 mm flange comes, but that’s sort of inconvenient. I guess it’s good for people who have different sized nipples….but are there a lot of people like that?
3. The tubes are this sort of gummy rubber material which makes me think that fuzz will stick to the outside of them really easily, and I have a lot of fuzz in my house. This won’t affect how it operates, but it’s just sort of weird.
This isn’t to say that the Medela is just awful….it’s served me fine this last month, but it’s not gentle and it’s loud as all get out. It is quite compact though and sort of self contained in this little velcro pouch, which is nice. I’ll have to get a bag for the Spectra, but that’s no big deal really. The Medela does have a major advantage in that everyone and their momma carries Medela parts, so if something goes wrong with my Spectra I’ll be in trouble until I can order a part.
In general though, the Spectra is my jam now. I love it so so much. If you haven’t bought a pump yet and you’re going to, I HIGHLY recommend this one.