Posted by: pt1225 | April 28, 2010

Breast Pump Review: Spectra 3

After reading lots of reviews and comments about breast pump, finally I decided to get myself a Spectra 3 as my first ever breast pump!

The following product descriptions, I shamelessly copied from here ^^


  • The most special feature about Spectra 3 is that it is smaller size than Spectra 2 therefore more ideal for traveling.
  • The kit is very easy to use as it is automatic.
  • Accessories (breast shield,tubing) are separable so it’s easy to wash and sterilize.
  • Its light weight and compact design make it extremely portable and good to use in a small space.
  • It contains 1 set of breast shield.
  • It has a very simple and neat design with a built-in cylinder.
  • Users can feel comfortable by pumping in a rhythm that is just like an actual nursing infant’s sucking rhythm.
  • It has controllable suction levels.
  • Its high suction strength makes it possible to express milk out of both breasts.

Special features

  • Can be converted into a double pump.
  • Minimum noise during breast pumping session ( more privacy ).

This set contains:

  • Pump
  • 1 Bottle with wide neck teat and bottle cap
  • 1 conversion kit for wide neck bottles
  • 1 Breast shield set and tubing only.

Now for some personal usage experiences

  • Economical. Spectra 3 cost around RM400.  Sometimes, you are able to get the pump plus extra breast shield set for about the same price.  Equivalent breast pump of a branded name could easily be double the price of Spectra 3.
  • Can be converted into a double pump.  I get myself an extra breast shield set to convert it into a double pump.  With double pump, it will reduce by pumping by half.

  • AC power source only.  Spectra 3 only be able to operate from AC power source.  Thus, it could be quite bulky and inconvenient for those who think of traveling or pump at office with it
  • Backflow (milk getting into the tubing or motor). Spectra 3 doesn’t come with filter to prevent backflow.  Although I haven’t ever experience a backflow yet (touch wood!), I had known of my friend who experience this.  It is troublesome, especially if the milk backflow into the motor.  You can’t clean it yourself.  You have to send it for service.  However, there is Spectra filter available, which you can buy to prevent backflow.

Overall I have a great satisfy with my Spectra 3.  It is really worth the money! 😀



  1. I had a hand-me-down Medela from my SIL which I used for less than 1 mth. Found a better way to express BM… my own 2 hands! 😀

    Trust me. Really handy and easy! 🙂

    But now as a SAHM, I no longer express since I can give my boy fresh 🙂

    • Thanks for visiting, Jenny

      I also used Medela mini before. Plan to review it when I can get to it. I tried using hand once or twice. It’s not working for me. The most I can get per session is around 2 oz, whereas, when I use pump, I can get at least 3 oz, sometimes up to 10 oz, depending on which pump I use. Besides, I’m exclusively pumping, so this pump helps me a lot. Although recently, another comes in close send .. haha

  2. Hi Pauline,

    My name is Joey and I’m from BabyTalk magazine, an up & coming local English publication on pregnancy, baby and motherhood that is set to be launched in August 2011.

    We are currently in the midst of working on an article on breastpump review and would like to request for your permission to quote you on Spectra 3 breastpump as a user.

    If you are agreeable, we hope you can email us the following:

    1) your name & age
    2) your baby’s name & age
    3) a photo of you & your baby
    4) a 1-2 sentence summary on your opinion about Spectra 3.

    Hope you can let you know your interest soon.

    Many thanks!

    • Thanks Joey
      Will contact you thru email

  3. I am so happy that I bought this pump! I had received an Avent single electric breast pump for my baby shower, and while I was only using it for occasional pumping it was fine. However, once I went back to work, I needed to pump more frequently and it took a very long time to pump both breasts…at least an hour for both, longer if I wanted to be thorough. Since I am pumping at least 3 times a day, that was much more time than I could spare! I had researched the high end pumps, and I was going back and forth between the Medela Pump in Style Advanced, Medela Freestyle and the Ameda Purely Yours Ultra. Since I am living in Europe at the moment, I realized that the Ameda is difficult to find, meaning that parts and support would be difficult to find as well, so that was out. I really wanted something hands-free but I didn’t want to pay so much extra for it, and from the reviews I’ve read, the hands-free apparatus can be complicated to use. So I opted for the Pump in Style and I am really glad I did.

    It was super fast! Really! I can empty both breasts in less than half an hour, rather twenty minutes!!! That time saved really adds up and I would be happy just with that alone, but there are more positives. The adjustable suction power is great because my breasts no longer hurt after pumping. With my Avent you could adjust the speed, but not the power (which was quite strong), and I never realized how much my breasts had ached afterwards until using the Medela. It’s easy to clean and it’s much lighter than I expected. People have complained about condensation in the tubes, but I just keep the pump on for a few minutes with only the tubes attached and haven’t had a problem. It’s also much quieter than my old pump, and my little boy slept soundly next to me while I pumped.

    I also solved the hands-free dilemma by cutting holes in an old bra which fit too tight, first positioned the breast shields, then attached the connector through the hole in the bra. The tight fit is important so the shields don’t get displaced as the milk filled containers weigh the pump down. That worked great and I didn’t have to spend extra money. I only wish I could get larger storage containers, but the 150ml ones are the only ones available here, meaning that I have to stop pumping to empty the milk into a larger container. That’s the only negative I can think of.

    I highly recommend this pump, it’s worth the money! I only wish I would have bought it sooner.

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