Breast Pump Review by Keeping Kasual!

I am so excited to have one of my closest friends sharing breast pump reviews and breast feeding tips and tricks here today!

Krystal is the face behind the lifestyle blog Keeping Kasual. She's an amazing super mom to three beautiful babes, a dedicated wife and friend, and an awesome blogger who shares her life, reviews, and favorite things on Keeping Kasual!

I am so grateful that Krystal took the time to write this for all of us mama-to-bes and people who are interested in a comparison between the Medela Pump and the S2!

Read her review below!

KK

The below is from Keeping Kasual


I've been through my fair share of trial and error when it comes to different breast pumps.  With three kids I feel like I've experienced a little bit of everything, from not making enough no matter how much I pumped, to over pumping to the point of causing mastitis multiple times.  Finally with my third child I feel confident in my knowledge of pumping and some tips to boost supply when needed.

With three kids I've used 6, yes 6, different pumps.  Two being hospital grade Medela pumps when I struggled with my first getting any type of supply, two being complete wastes of time and causing endless tears, and finally the two that I can not live without during my pumping years.

Medela Pump in Style Advanced ($229)

PROS:

  • Medela is one of the most trusted brands on the market
  • lots of compatible accessories
  • accessories are easy to find locally
  • love the membranes (so easy to clean)
  • strong motor/suction
  • very quick to empty breast
  • portable
  • controls to personalize pumping

CONS:

  • Loud
  • No light attached so its hard to use at night
  • not a closed system

Spectra S2 ($119)

PROS:

  • love the light feature
  • not exactly quite but makes a lot less noise then the Medela
  • has an accessory on amazon that you can buy so you can use Medela flanges
  • closed system (huge in the pumping world!!)
  • hospital grade pump because of the closed system
  • quick to empty breast
  • strong motor/suction
  • portable
  • controls to personalize pumping
  • built in memory
  • price

CONS:

  • hate the flanges

Honestly, you can't go wrong.  I used the Medela Pump in Style Advanced so much and it still works like it did right out of the box.  Sure it's not a closed system but a quick replacement of the tubes every few months will solve that. Plus being able to run to target for new membranes in a pinch is always a plus.

The Spectra is relatively new to me in the sense that I have only used it for my third go around and I've finally learned not to over pump.  The major selling point to me was the closed system and the fact that their was a nightlight option so I wouldn't have to pump in the dark.  My one and only con on the Spectra is the fact that the flanges are HORRIBLE but with a quick amazon search you can find the attachment so that you can use Medela parts with the Spectra making it the best of both worlds.

TIPS FOR BREASTFEEDING:

  • Water, drink all the water you can before, after and during
  • Electrolytes (smart water, coconut water or gatorades)
  • Steel cut oats every day for breakfast boring but make a huge difference
  • Lactation teas (be careful with ingredients because fenugreek can boost supply in some but can also have the opposite affect in others)
  • Stick to a nursing/pumping schedule
  • Don't stress (easier said then done, but stress is a killer of all milk production)
  • Lots of snacks (the hunger is real so find healthy snacks to keep your supply up)
  • Replace your pump membranes every few months
  • Lansinoh Breastmilk storage bags make freezing milk a breeze
  • Using the Medela steamer bags made clean up a breeze and who wants a huge steamer on the kitchen counter anyways?!
  • If you plan on pumping often get yourself a hands free pumping bra
  • Last but certainly not least, a dark beer (you heard me right...enjoy)

I will point out that I am not an exclusive pumper, and the women that are amaze me with their dedication.  I pump either to attempt to up my supply when needed or if baby needs a bottle while I'm gone.  Remember that what worked for me might not work for you.  Pumping/nursing truly is trial and error.  I've experienced it three times now and each time has been so different to the point where I'm finally feeling like I'm getting the hang of it as my nursing years come to a close.

I wish that I had a comparison or tips when I was first starting this breastfeeding journey so if this helps just one person I'll be happy.


Thank you so much, Krystal for sharing your tips, tricks, and review with me and everyone on Embracing Messiness!

Be sure to follow Krystal on Keeping Kasual and let us know in the comments if this is helpful for you!

Brandie Scales