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These pumps are made to work hard. However they are light and easy to use with many features.
When there are problems with a mother’s milk supply research has shown that expressing both breasts simultaneously is more effective, efficient and expresses milk that is higher in calories (1).
Benefits of spectra 2 pump
For hygiene purposes personal cup fits need to be purchased at $60 a set
A compact double portable pump runs on rechargeable batteries or mains power.
This pump will fit in your handbag, its ideal for taking to work or travelling. Once it’s charged you don’t need a power outlet. It has the same suction strength as the S2 (so does the same job) its just scaled down in size to make it convenient to get out and about with. It is not considered to be hospital grade it’s built for a mother’s individual use.
19mm, 24mm, 27mm, 30mm: $30 ea
1. Prime DK, Garbin CP, Hartmann PE, Kent JC. Simultaneous Breast Expression in Breastfeeding Women Is More Efficacious than Sequential Breast Expression. Breastfeed Med. 2012 Oct 5. PubMed PMID: 23039397. Epub 2012/10/09. Eng.
Review by Rachel
Discovering the speCtra S2 Electric Breast Pump was central to extending my willpower to continue my expressing journey well and truly beyond what I thought I was capable of. My baby daughter didn’t take to the breast effectively after birth and on the last day of our stay in hospital we were advised to find a breast pump. I had been using one of the hospital’s double pumps during our stay and purchased the equivalent single pump for use at home. After being advised to use a double pump to increase supply and reduce time pumping, I borrowed an older model double pump. My supply levels were very low (about 20-50ml) and I was ready give up expressing after 6 weeks despite wanting very much to be able to give my daughter breast milk.
Thankfully my very helpful lactation consultant gave me a speCtra S2 to try out to see if it helped. The difference was amazing. The machine is very quiet, easy to set up and transport to another location. Cleaning the pumping equipment is also very simple and easy to reassemble. Most importantly, my supply increased dramatically within a few days of starting to use the machine (to about 150 ml). I think this is because the machine has multiple settings and so rather than just increasing the strength of the suction, the timing of the suction can be readily adjusted to what produces the best output while being comfortable. Overall, I found using the machine a far more bearable and productive experience than the other machines I tried. I’ve now been expressing exclusively for five months and hope to continue a bit longer, which I never thought would be possible for me. If I had one criticism of the pump it would be that sometimes milk does flow back into the pump units requiring them to be cleaned as well. However, they are easy to disassemble and reassemble after cleaning. I would definitely recommend this machine to others.