Spectra S2 Breast Pump Review – Makes Breastfeeding Easier for Moms?

Not long ago, I went out for  coffee with a friend. She was telling me how she had to manually express breast milk into a towel or a diaper to avoid breast pain. I suggested that she buy a breast pump instead, and she now thanks me every time we talk.

When you’re breastfeeding, a good choice of breast pump can make a world of difference.  Here I’ll take a closer look at the Spectra S2 pump to help you decide if it’s the right product for you.


Overview

The Spectra S2 is an advanced hospital-grade pump, designed to make moms’ lives easier. To ensure optimum hygiene, this model utilizes a closed system. It can be used either as a single or a double pump. Mains-powered, it has a top suction strength of 280mmHg.

It includes a timer and a night light, and comes with many adjustable settings. These settings allow you to set up a custom program with the speed and rhythm that best suits your body. With the Spectra S2 breast pump, you get these as well:

  • AC adapter
  • Two baby bottles
  • Two sets of suction tubes and flanges
  • Two breast shields

I find this pump to be great for moms who are struggling with supply problems. You need a powerful pump to help you express that extra milk, but one that’s also comfortable to use every three hours or so.

With the S2, you’re in control of the suction strength in letdown and expression mode. It also has special silicon inserts inside the shields that serve two functions: to provide added comfort, as well as to massage your breasts. What’s great about the S2 is that you can adjust the settings to suit your body at any given time.  


  • Hospital grade suction strength
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    Closed System
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    Adjustable settings
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    BPA freeQuiet
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    Quiet
  • No cordless option
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    Supports wide bottle necks
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    The instructions might be too sparse for beginners

Key Features

Adjustable settings: You can adjust the settings according to your body’s current response. This is possible in both the letdown and expression modes, where the digital controls allow you to adjust the speed and the rhythm to best suit your needs. I was surprised to find that you can save these settings to program the pump the next time you use it. 

Massage mode: The pump starts off in the massage mode. This is to simulate the way a baby sucks at a breast in the early days of breastfeeding. By using a short and shallow pulse, it stimulates the body’s letdown reflex. When the milk starts flowing, it switches to the expression mode. What’s more, the S2 lets you switch between the two modes as you please.

Single/double pump: You can use the pump on one breast only or on both at the same time. This alone saves you a lot of time that you can then use for your other daily tasks.

Backflow protection: The closed system prevents milk from getting into the pump. I consider this very important, as it eliminates the chance of any bacteria harming the milk or your baby. The only part that needs cleaning afterwards is the flange.

Quiet and lightweight: These two features allow you to use the pump no matter where you are – even at work. The S2 is also very light compared to other pumps out there, weighing a total of 2.5 pounds, which makes it easy to fit inside your purse.

Night light: Many moms have to get up multiple times at night to pump milk, which disrupts their sleep cycle and leaves them feeling tired. This feature allows you to do it quickly and quietly, and go back to bed once you’re done pumping.

Alternatives

This one is similar to the Spectra S2 pump in many ways. As a bonus, it comes with three power sources: an AC adapter, 6 AA batteries, and a car adapter.


This breast pump offers a choice of three different pumping styles. You can also pick between eight different suction levels.


This model from Medela has a rechargeable battery and a carry case for the pump and accessories. However, it weighs twice as much as the Spectra S2, which makes it less portable.


Who Should Buy the Spectra S2 Breast Pump?

I think that the Spectra S2 is a very good pump for moms who have trouble with milk supply. The comfortable design allows you to use it multiple times a day without any discomfort. If you’re a busy mom, pumping both breasts at once can save you a lot of time.

We moms are sticklers for hygiene, so we only choose products that are safe for our babies. Luckily, this pump’s closed system prevents any kind of milk contamination and is BPA-free.

On top of that, this pump is also quiet, lightweight, and highly portable, which makes it a good choice for moms who are often on the move.

Catherine Wingler
 

Catherine writes for KiddiePicks out of her sheer passion for parenting and toys (or other kids' stuff). She's a mother of a lovely little girl. She's also a outdoorsy person, and frequently goes on hiking with her husband and their daughter.

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