At a Glance
Breast pumps are an important part of a working mom’s life – they not only provide your baby with breast milk but also help you to manage your time in feeding your baby with it. In this article, we are going to look into the Spectra S2 and its features while comparing it with other similar breast pumps.
Spectra S2 Review
The Spectra S2 is a kind of breast pump that’s what you would call a “double electric” pump. This means that the system uses a pair of everything – from breast shields to tubes and valves and everything else. Double electric pumps get the job done easier and without a lot of hassle. Here are some of its important features.
Known for having a closed system, the S2 uses a backflow filter instead of allowing the milk to go through the tubing, unlike in other pumps. A closed system is preferred by many moms out there because they are much easier to clean – you only need to clean the backflow filter after using it for some period of time. Having less time for cleaning up and more time for pumping and feeding your baby is important for moms who are on the go.
Design, Portability, and Packaging
The design of the Spectra S2 is akin to a gym weight – except that it is much lighter to carry around. You can order the S2 on its own with some accessories, or you can order the set that comes with a tote bag to help you fit in everything in just one package. This is important for moms who are traveling or working outside.
Not to mention, the cute color combination of the unit itself (in light pink) is something that can complement your other baby supplies. If you already have your own baby bag, this might be something useful and fashionable at the same time.
You also have the option to add batteries instead of having to plug it into a wall outlet. This is important for moms on the go who just want to use a breast pump even while at work and during breaks.
Cleaning the unit
As we mentioned above, the tubing in the S2 does not get dirty at all because of the backflow filter that makes it a closed system breast pump. This makes the unit very easy to clean, as compared to having to clean the tubing, which can be an additional chore to working moms.
Who can use it
If you’re a working mom who needs to pump for your baby even while at work or at the mall, or if your baby cannot breastfeed just yet, this is a good breast pump of choice for a first unit. It can be quite portable due to the design, but there are still some pump systems out there that are lighter in weight, so perhaps this can appeal most to those who breastfeed at home, have a vehicle or have a bigger bag.
Made of medical-grade silicone, the Spectra S2 is basically BPA-free in all parts of the unit that comes in contact with breast milk. This is highly important because it can ensure that your baby won’t get the bad effects of BPA that could potentially affect their mental development.
Bottles and accessories
The S2 comes with its own set of bottles and accessories, but did you know that you can also use the pump accessories and bottles of other brands? In fact, if you previously owned a Medela pump, you can use most of its parts and it can be compatible. This can save you some big bucks in the future in terms of replacement parts.
Noise levels and comfort
If you are looking for a breast pump that doesn’t make a lot of noise and doesn’t hurt your nipples, you’re in luck with the S2. The noise is very subtle and will not disturb your baby at all when they sleep (and no one will even notice that you’re wearing them).
In terms of comfort, this breast pump will most likely not pinch your nipples in pain, as compared to other units out there. This is highly important, especially for first-time moms, since expressing milk is something that should be enjoyable and not a painful experience at all.
How long each session can last
There’s no set time for the S2 in terms of pumping sessions, but in most cases, it will be much faster than other pumps because of its motor working more efficiently while remaining silent. Emptying out your breast milk in the quickest way possible is a time-saver for working moms who still need to do other things.
Comparison with Spectra S1
We can also compare the S2 to its predecessor, the Spectra S1, in which the S2 is superior to it in terms of:
- Portability: the S1 doesn’t have the portable battery option, but the S2 does.
- Tote bag: currently, the S1 doesn’t have the option of a free tote bag, but the S2 does.
Comparison with Medela Pump in Style
If we compare the S2 with the Medela Pump in Style, we can conclude that the S2 is also superior to it in terms of:
- The system used: the Medela still uses tubing system as opposed to S2’s backflow system.
- Cleaning: the Medela is more troublesome to clean because it still uses the tubing system.
- Comfort: most users of the Medela had trouble with nipple pain, as compared to using the S2.
- Length of session: most Medela users notice that the S2 pumps milk quicker than the Medela.
Perhaps the only plus point in the Medela pump that makes it advantageous over the S2 is that it’s a lot more portable due to the ease of attachment with the tote bag that comes along with it. Read this guide that compares between S2 and Medela Pump in Style
We believe that the Spectra S2 is a pretty good contender for moms who need a reliable and dependable breast pump without causing excruciating pain when pumping/expressing breast milk for your baby.