I received my Spectra 9 Plus through my insurance company for free! Some insurance companies will pay for your breast pump. Breastfeeding is best for baby and in the long run you are ensuring the health of your baby and helping you recovery process by breast feeding. After Baby Jack was born I nurse exclusively. I did not begin pumping until after my lactation consultant visit that I went to 2 weeks after the birth of my son. I highly recommend that if you are going to breastfeed that you schedule an appointment with a lactation consultant to discuss the ins and outs of breastfeeding. During my consultation she told me how much milk my little guy was consuming at each feeding The lactation consultant observed how well he latched on. She told me during the consultation that I could begin giving my baby bottles, and I did not have to wait the recommended 2 to 3 months to switch to bottles. I was so excited, now my husband could give a bottle and I could catch some much needed ‘ZZZ’s’! I started to use my pump sporadically at first, a few times after feedings. I begin using it on a regular basis after he started to only wake once for night time feeds. After breastfeeding him I would pump and either freeze or store in a bottle so his dad could feed him. Now at almost 8 months I use the pump exclusively and I have stopped nursing because my little guy has 2 teeth. I stopped nursing at 6 months when both teeth came in at the same time and he bit me. My milk production has drastically slowed down since I only pump. I pump 3 times a day and for the last 3 weeks we have started introducing supplement bottles into his meal time routines.
Why did I choose this pump?
After reading ALOT of reviews, and thinking about my previous experience with my Medela, I chose the Spectra 9 because it is a closed system . A closed system breast pump has a ‘barrier between the milk collection kit and the motor. Thus milk is unable to enter either the suction tubing or motor. In addition, the barrier prevents air impurities from being introduced into pumped breast milk. If cared for appropriately, they are more hygienic’. For my first pregnancy I had a Medela Pump and Style and I did not like that it was an open system. Yes it was very convenient with a bag that held a cooler for milk and it even came with a manual handle so I could pump if I was not near an outlet, but my drop down was soo powerful milk was constantly spraying back in the tubes, and I did not like that. I wanted a pump that would eliminate the possibility for bacteria to enter into the milk, or milk to enter into the motor, something that was portable and had a motor that would last. I also wanted something that was easy to transport because I thought I would need to take it to work with me.
What does it come with?
I like how light the pump is. It is easy to carry everywhere. It is rechargeable so it makes it easy to pump anywhere at anytime without having to sit near a wall outlet. I pump three times a day for about 20 minutes and I only charge it every few days for less than 30 minutes to reach fully charge! I can double pump if I would like and it is powerful enough to handle a double pump. The pump also has a massage feature to help with your let down and a really high pumping strength. I pump on level 4 or 5 when I double pump and a level 3 when I single pump. The highest I tried was level 6 and I thought it was going to pull my nipple off. I used the massage feature a few times but did not feel like it was needed. With the Medela pump I remember that the massage feature could not be skipped, and it was really a waste of time for me. The pump is very easy to clean up. You can easily take the whole thing apart and wash it in seconds, and I have never noticed a build up of old milk or anything. It does not have any crevices that hide milk and it does not smell. The pump was covered by my insurance company so there was no out of pocket cost. The pump is not noisy, or loud.
Unlike the Medela it does not come in a cute bag for easy storage, but I am at home and did not need to travel with the pump. The pump does come with accessories that you can buy, but they are not available in stores in my area to purchase. I did not need to buy anything else for my pump and I did not use the bottle nipples the pump came with. I like using these bottles and nipples.
After 8 months of breastfeeding the numbers on the side are completely gone! So sometimes I am not sure how much I have pumped until I pour into another bottle. Also you can buy pump adaptors so that you can directly pump into your bottle of choice, and the adaptors that I found did not work with my pump.
I used a Medela in the past and I have to say in my opinion I like the Spectra 9 more. The motor has more power, it is easy to transport and move around with. Since it can be charged I do not have to pump near a wall outlet, which gives the ability to pump while playing with my son sometimes. I love how easy it is to clean. If you are looking for a portable closed pump this is a great pump to consider.