Spectra breast pump FAQs
How do I use the Spectra Breast Pump?Press the ‘on’ button. To get it to massage, press the three-wave button. This will usually take anywhere from half a minute to several minutes to start working. Once your milk is ready to come out, press the three-wave button to put it back in expression mode (where it started) and adjust the suction strength to your preferred level. Don’t be afraid to experiment a little with the settings.
How do I clean the Spectra breast pump, parts and tubing?You can wipe the exterior of the pump with an antibacterial cloth. You don’t need to wash the inside – it’s a closed system and doesn’t get dirty. You can also hand-wash the parts with warm soapy water.
How should I dry and store a Spectra breast pump and its parts?The pump should be stored in a clean, sealed container to prevent dust and dirt from gathering on it. We also recommend cleaning it before use to ensure nothing gets into your milk. Parts should be air dried.
Can I boil Spectra breast pump parts?There is no need to boil any of the parts.
Can I travel on planes with Spectra breast pumps?Yes. Breast milk is treated like liquid medicine, so you can have more than three ounces of it. That said, you should separate the milk, pump, and bottles so you can declare them, and you may need to open some of the containers. You’re not encouraged to bring more breast milk than necessary while flying.
Do I use the same bottles for manual and electric Spectra pumps?It’s best to use the bottles that come with each pump for that pump. This helps prevent confusion. Extra bottles are available if you need them.
What’s the difference between Spectra’s manual and electric pumps?The manual pumps are simple devices and intended to help you pump at a moment’s notice. The electric pumps – whether battery-powered or plugged into a wall socket – offer far more control over the pumping process. Most people feel that the electric pumps are fundamentally better products, but it never hurts to have a manual pump in case something goes wrong.
Can you change the breast shields?Yes. You can buy more breast shields and change them out.
How much are Spectra Breast Pumps?Prices range from very affordable for the manual pump to quite a bit more for the S1Plus, their most expensive model (all prices from their official site). That said, the cost is basically irrelevant for mothers. Most health insurance plans are required to cover the cost of breastfeeding machines, as well as support and counseling for the duration of breastfeeding. Spectra recommends that you contact them directly if your plan doesn’t cover the pumps, as they may be able to provide a fully covered model. In other words, don’t worry about the price – just get the model you think is best for your needs. You may need to be reimbursed by your insurance after buying it – check with them before you buy your pump.
Best Spectra Breast PumpsSpectra has five product models, and we’ll go over each of them below.
Spectra S1 Plus
Spectra S2 Plus
Spectra 9 Plus Portable
Spectra Dew 350
Spectra Handy Manual Breast Pump
Tips for choosing the best Spectra Breast Pump for youThe S1 Plus and the S2 Plus are the best products, with the decision falling to whether you want portability or reliability in your pump. Get one of those if you can. The Spectra 9 Plus Portable is only needed if you want the smallest and most discreet pump you can get, while the Dew 350 is for special, long-term pumping needs. The manual pump is handy as a backup, but shouldn’t be treated as a primary pump.
Which Spectra Breast Pump is the best?Overall, we feel that the S1 Plus is the best product if you are looking for portability. Having a portable pump makes it easier to find a discreet area. That said, its charge only lasts for a few pumping sessions, so be sure you can plug it in on a regular basis. If having a portable breast pump isn’t a must-have, then the S2 Plus is just as capable as the S1 Plus without the portability since it plugs into a wall.
Public perception on SpectraSpectra’s products are generally well-received. Positive comments on Spectra products include things like appreciation for how quiet they are and how the automatic timer runs for longer than some other pumps. One reviewer noted this was particularly valuable because they had twins and needed to pump more. The massage feature is quite popular among most reviewers. Neutral and Negative comments (about 20% of reviewers) cited concerns with top-heavy bottles and having too many pieces. One reviewer also noted that the pump doesn’t seem to be compatible with common-sized parts. It’s worth noting that Spectra’s pumps generally come with their own appropriately-sized bottles.
How it comparesSpectra compares well to other brands like Medela, Freemie, and Ameda. Some people noted that Medela’s pumps were often able to get more milk in a single pumping section, which was more than a minor concern for them. However, pretty much everyone agrees that Spectra’s pumps are significantly quieter than Medela’s, even allowing you to pick up the phone and talk to others while you’re pumping. This is helpful for mothers who need to pump at work.
Other Spectra products to buyBreast pumps are Spectra’s main line of products, but they do offer some accessories that are worth considering.
Spectra Wide Neck Bottles
Spectra Cooler With Ice Pack And Two Bottles
Spectra Breastshield Set
Final review on Spectra Breast PumpsOverall, most of Spectra’s pumps are quiet, effective, and comfortable – exactly what you should be looking for in a set of breast pumps. I recommend the S1 Plus or the S2 Plus above the rest of their product line (based on how portable you want the pump to be) – these have the full set of features that sets Spectra apart from the competition.
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