Here is my review on the Spectra M1 breast pump. I have been a Medela Freestyle user since Leo was born and I started pumping about 1 month after he was born to keep a stash when I get back to work. The Freestyle was lent to me by a dear friend that was not using it anymore. The Medela Freestyle costs around RM2000+ at normal price and maybe RM1800 was the lowest I have seen. It is the most expensive pump out there is the market and very well known internationally.
The Freestyle has served me well for 5 months and really helped me relieve engorgement. However, after using it for 5 months, I felt that it was not performing as well as it would like last time. Maybe I needed to send it for servicing? But it was not the case. Somehow along the way, this pump cannot empty my breast and it takes me 1 hour to pump! 1 hour is just too long for me and my nipple would hurt. So it was because of these incidents, I decided to buy a new pump. Also, the Freestyle was not my own, sooner or later I will have to return it and since I am going to be breastfeeding for longer now, I think investing in one will help. Besides, I will need it for the next baby as well, so no lost there!
Right! So let’s get to it!
The M1 fits on the palm of my hand nicely.
I love the Spectra M1. And to be honest, I think it is so much better than Medela. Even though Spectra is not a well-known brand, its performance is hospital grade. I bought it at the recent baby fair in Mid Valley at RM471 for a double pump. I was so surprised to know that it is so easy to be made a double pump. Just buy the extra kit (tubing, valve and bottle), unlike Medela which a single pump is only a single pump. Only their double pump can be used as singles. After using the Spectra for about a month now, I find that it is much better than the Freestyle, IN SO MANY WAYS!
Here is my personal comparison and how I find it. Comparison is also based on how I use them.
|Section level 6-7 (out of 10).||Section level 1-2 (out of 5). Very good suction!|
|Slightly heavier and more parts (motor, tubes, breast shields, membranes, valves, connectors, back caps, bottles)||Super lightweight and less parts (motor, tubes, breast shields, membranes, bottles)|
|More parts to wash!||Only 2 parts to wash (breast shields, bottles)|
|Causes backflow of milk||Backflow proof|
|Battery lasts pretty long. I charge every 2-3 days.||Battery goes weak fast. I charge every day.|
|Very super expensive!||Affordable|
|Fits most normal narrow neck bottles||Fits wide neck bottles|
|Pump is less quiet and vibrates/shakes||Pump is more quiet and hardly vibrates|
That was my personal opinion on the comparison. I like the fact that it fits the Avent wide neck bottles and I do not have to transfer and pour them from one to another anymore. Another plus for me is the washing. I pump at work and only have to wash 2 parts! Saves time and I can get back to work quicker.
I really didn’t mind charging the M1 more often because I only use it at work and I direct latch whenever Leo is with me.
The last MAJOR plus is the price. I mean, seriously… RM2000 for a pump? It makes me think that those who spend on formula are no different if we wanted to breastfeed to save money besides the health benefits. Servicing the Medela pump is expensive too and even the parts! I enquired about the connectors and one costs RM129! Whereas the Spectra only costs RM12! The reason I am writing this review is to create awareness on breast pumps and options for those who are not able to afford an expensive pump (like me) and those who are looking for a good, handy, effective pump. The Spectra M1 is value for money and good in handling most daily task.
I would only yield about 3-4 oz from both breasts with the Freestyle. But with the M1, I manage to yield 5-8 oz! Of course, my body needed to get used to the new pump as well. After a few tries, I saw the increase in yield and believe that the M1 could empty my breasts well.
The first week yield.
The second week yield. Getting more than the first :)
TA-DAA!!! This was taken last week! Yield increasing slowly…
Again, this is only me. Every woman’s body is different and so are our boobs! Do try out different pumps and see which works for you and how effective it can be.
What pump do you use? And have you ever faced such problems like mine? Do share it with me in the comments below.