With the highest ratings on Amazon and raves from new moms, the Spectra Baby series of breast pumps are getting a lot of attention. Many even seem to prefer them to their comparable Medela counterparts. There are two models of Spectra pumps available, in vastly different price ranges:
The Spectra Baby USA S2 is a quiet, battery operated model, complete with night light. It boasts a “closed system” so the milk goes nowhere near the pump itself, ensuring hygiene and motor performance. It has a maximum suction strength of 300mmHg and the ability to be used as a single or double pump. You can customize the speed and rhythm settings to make sure its running at a pace that’s most comfortable for you. It starts in “massage mode” to stimulate the milk letdown, similar to your baby’s sucking technique. You can also adjust whether you want it in letdown or expression mode, so you can switch as-needed. It is portable, running on a replaceable lithium metal battery. It can be used as a single or double pump.
The Spectra Baby USA S1 is a little pricier at almost double the price of the S2 on Amazon. This model comes with a rechargeable battery and has a maximum suction strength of 350mmHg. Like the S2, it can be used as a single our double pump and is equipped with a timer and nightlight. It can be used with the rechargeable battery for one hour on full charge or plug. This model comes with a wider pace range and a mobile tote. Not sure if that’s worth the extra $100 or not. Most reviews say to stick with the S2 model.
Both Spectra models are considered “hospital grade.” Moms’ reviews say they are comfortable while pumping, extremely quiet (great for the office) and easily portable.
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