As soon as I returned my rented Medela Lactina after my confinement period, the search for an affordable twin pump began. Having been a user of Medela products and knowing how promising they are, I longed for a Medela Freestyle. However, not knowing how long I could/wanted to breastfeed, we settled for a more affordable breastpump namely Spectra 3.
The price was great for a double pump; we got it at RM380 with a pair of breastshields. Originated from Korea, it can be used for both single and twin pumping. Spectra 3 went on to become my trusty milk extractor wherever I went for the next eight months. I lugged it to work, to my hometown, to Sabah for a vacation and basically everywhere I needed to be at for a duration of time.
Here’s my feedback:
~ Its breastshields are akin to Medela Lactina’s: plastic hard.
~ The pump works on AC adapter only. You’ll need to ensure that your pumping location has electrical source.
~ It has three parts to wash and assemble. The pump is considerably quiet and does not vibrate while pumping.
~ Size wise, it can fit into my Medela pump bag although it is the bulkiest among all the portable breastpumps I have used. It weighs around 1.4kg which is still considerably light (at least to me).
~ It is a breastpump and extracting milk is all it does. If you expect more than that – like the comfort and two-phase expression features that Medela has – then you’ll be disappointed.
~ Its so-called adjustable suction is not very flexible after all. Turn the knob clockwise and the suction gets too strong and vice versa. It takes a (long) while to get used to the powerful suction.
~ Probably because it doesn’t come with a “massage” feature to stimulate let-down, it can get rather uncomfortable. With Spectra 3, I had to be 100% relax and divert my attention to my iPhone while pumping. Otherwise, I would be sitting there for 30 minutes without yielding as much milk as I could compared to Medela Swing/Freestyle in half the time.
~ The valves could do better with some improvements. Each time I steam sterilize the valves, they came out curved and hence, disabling the pump to work due to air gap between shields and pump. To rectify this problem, I sanitize by dipping them in the sterilized solution. This way, the valves will maintain their shapes.
In a nutshell, if your budget is limited, need a twin pump to cut down pumping time, have no problems with letting down and do not mind something that’s less comfortable, go for it!