As a nursing mother I have to whip out of my Spectra S2 breast pump a whoppin' 3 times daily, Monday-Friday, to ensure that our baby continues to get the goods from my boobs even when we are apart. I also have several friends who are attached to their pumps too, as most of them have full-time jobs outside of their homes too (stay-at-home moms have full-time jobs INSIDE of their homes; at the end of the day we all work full-time). Some of my friends and I got to talking about our pumping experiences and the pumps we used. It turned out that some of us are using the Spectra S2 (my current pump) and some of us have the Medela Pump-in-Style Advanced. Although we use different pumps, I noticed that everyone stood by their pump because it was working for them. However, I wanted to know more. Luckily, I am the proud owner of one Spectra S2 AND one good-as-new (seriously, it was maybe utilized 2ish times with baby 1 pre-formula feeding) Medela Pump-in-Style Advanced pump. Because I own both pumps, I decided to conduct a little experiment. I would utilize both pumps, 3 times daily at approximately the same times of day for exactly 15 minutes (my average pump time) and see if there was an obvious difference in my milk output; my hypothesis being that there would be an obvious difference and that the Spectra S2 would prove to be the best of the best as I get SO much milk during my workday pump sessions. On top of some light experimentation, I also just wanted to look at both pumps closely to determine some of the pros and cons so that I am recommending the best of the best when prego friends or colleagues ask what my preference is. Results from my experiment are as followed:
Day 1: Medela Pump-in-Style (2/13/17)
Pump 1 - 8:38-8:53 AM
Yield: 6.5 ounces
Pump 2 - 10:59-11:14 AM
Yield: 2.5 ounces
Pump 3 - 2:00-2:15 PM
Yield: 6.5 ounces
TOTAL: 15.5 ounces
Day 2: Spectra S2 (2/15/17)
Pump 1 - 8:34-8:49 AM
Yield: 6.5 ounces
Pump 2 - 10:36-10:51 AM
Yield: 4.0 ounces
Pump 3 - 1:25-1:40 PM
Yield: 4.0 ounces
TOTAL: 14.5 ounces
Next, I looked at the Pros and Cons of each pump:
Medela Pump-in-Style Advanced
- Fits Medela bottles (which are super easy to store milk in at work and then travel back home with).
- Fits in a fancy, yet discrete, Medela bag for easy storage and safe-keeping.
- Easy to find replacement parts at local places, such as Target.
- Easy to up the vacuum setting at just the simple turn of the dial.
- LOUD (seriously, it sounds like something is dying).
- It does not have a display screen with a timer to let you know how long you have been pumping.
- It does not come equipped with a night-light for nighttime pumpers.
- There is an extra piece inside of the tubing that appears clean but makes you wonder if things can build up inside of there.
- The membranes are so tiny they're nearly invisible.
- Quiet (seriously, my co-workers rarely even know that I am pumping while hidden in my pumping corner of our office).
- There is a display screen with a timer that allows you to track how long you have been pumping.
- It's easy to change the vacuum with just the press of a button.
- There is a fancy handle on the top for easy travel.
- The rubber pieces of the Spectra have to be on just so or it will not work.
- There is no fancy bag for storage or travel.
- It is harder to locate spare parts if you need them (insert amazon.com).
- Does not attach to the Medela bottles that make things oh, so easy to transfer from work to home and back again.
In conclusion, the pump that yielded the most milk was the Medela Pump-in Style Advanced. However, despite the Spectra S2 only yielding 14.5 ounces, it must be noted that, when the writer utilizes this pump, the average daily yield is 15 ounces and that it absolutely has drawn at least 15.5 ounces in a day in the past. About a million factors could have impacted the results of this assessment including, but not limited to, the fact that the baby had been sick and tends to draw less milk out of the breast when congested and the Medela was used on the first day that it was assumed that said baby was well again, the Spectra had been utilized significantly more than the Medela so it could almost be considered to be a newer pump despite the fact that it has been collecting dust for 2 years, the baby could have drawn more from the breast the morning before the spectra was assessed, significantly less water was drank by the writer on the day that the Spectra was assessed, both days involved different meals/ snacks that could have effected milk supply due to variations in different grains, etc.
The lesson learned here is that both breast pumps are effective and get the job done. However, if I were to recommend a specific pump to a friend I would continue to stand by the Spectra S2 as the pros significantly outweigh the cons; and I know, from personal experience, that it has the capability to draw more milk if that's what my baby needs that day. I would also recommend that whatever pump that one decides to use with a new baby be a new one as several of my friends have reported to me that their pumps have started to give out when they attempt to use them with baby 2 or 3 which, in turn, caused them to see an unwanted decrease in their supply.
What do you like about your breast pump and why?
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