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Breast Pump Comparison: Spectra VS Medela

Breast pump comparison guide for Spectra and Medela breast pumps! #breastfeeding #momtips #nursing #pumping #spectrabreastpump #medelabreastpump

Motherhood comes with a multitude of questions.. How often do I feed them? How much do they need to sleep? When do I start giving them toys? The list goes on and on.

While focusing on your baby is extremely important, moms also need to think of themselves!

Spectra or Medela pumps- do you know which is better for what you need?

Medela Freestyle Breast Pump

The freestyle is a compact, wearable solution to pumping. I absolutely love the size of the Medela Freestyle, roughly the size of my hand, and the fact that I can wear it while pumping. Being able to wear my pump makes this option completely handsfree. 

Who has time to sit down and be still long enough to pump?! Not me!

Medela Freestyle positives

  • Can be used as a single or double pump.
  • Completely handsfree.
  • Remembers your last settings.
  • Weighs <1 lb.
  • 3 Hr battery life

Medela Freestyle negatives

  • 1 yr limited warranty compared to Spectra’s 2 yr warranty
  • Pumping strength doesn’t compare to Spectra S1
  • $100 more expensive than the Spectra S1
Which company offers the better breast pump for nursing mothers? Spectra or Medela?

Spectra S1 breast pump

A second cordless option to pumping, the Spectra S1 is a hospital grade machine. The pump is roughly the size of a cantaloupe. I don’t recognize this machine as completely hands-free because you cannot wear the pump itself, but instead you have to carry it around in your hand. 

Spectra S1 positives

  • Can be used as a single or double pump
  • Hospital grade strength
  • Optional nightlight setting
  • 2 year warranty
  • Extremely quiet (45 decibels)
  • Remembers previous setting
  • $100 cheaper than the Medela Freestyle
  • Wireless machine
  • 3 Hr battery life

Spectra S1 negatives

  • Large pump – 2lbs
  • Only partially handsfree due to machine size/weight
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Spectra S2 breast pump

I have not personally owned a Spectra S2, but I wanted to review it for those interested in knowing the differences between the S1 and S2! I was so impressed with my Spectra, so I wanted everyone to know their options.

Spectra S2 positives

  • Can be used as a single or double pump
  • Hospital grade strength
  • 2 year warranty
  • Optional nightlight setting
  • Remembers previous setting
  • Extremely quiet
  • Available with car and wall chargers

Spectra S2 negatives

  • Large pump- 3 lbs
  • Only partially handsfree due to machine size/weight
  • Must be plugged in to use

How to order a breast pump

For moms that want to try breast feeding their babies, you can order a breast pump through your insurance company.

Specifically for Tricare moms– Ask your OBGYN to write you a prescription to order your breast pump online from one of the many acceptable provider websites.

I used the website Pumping Essentials, and unfortunately I would not recommend them, but I will be writing about my experience soon!

Did this article help you make a decision? Are the Spectra or Medela pumps better for you?

I LOVE my Spectra S1 much more than my Medela Freestyle. I’ve found the Spectra to have a better/ more comfortable suction, as well as being a more user friendly breast pump.

Spectra offers multiple high-quality and comfortable pumps that are perfect for moms to have a more enjoyable pumping experience. I’m not a Spectra affiliate, but I truly love their products.

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