Mini Instagram Review 1 – #MotivationMonday@06Feb18

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For my #MotivationMonday Instagram post yesterday, I posted about how I was able to pump more than I usually did thanks to the unforeseen circumstances.

In this Mini Instagram Review today, I would like to share more on the products I mentioned in my Instagram post. I will go through these products one at a time, with their product information as well as my review of them. So if you are looking for any recommendations of these particular items, read on.

The Instagram Post

What motivates you this marvelous #Monday? . For me, it’s being able to pump this much amount after a week away from pumping. My first-born caught a viral virus from his cousin and had high fever the whole of last week. I had to take leave from work and also unable to send my second-born to his infant care since I had to care for my first. I was still not feeling that well anyways from my bout of flu two weeks before my first-born caught this fever, so thank god for direct latching that my second-born is able to get the immunity from my breastmilk and he was able to remain strong through-out. . Normally, I’d be able to pump out about 100ml to 200ml, but today was an extra 100++ml with my trusty two-year old Spectra M1. Need to top up more milk bags because that is the last of my Pur milk bags 😭 It’s only this second breastfeeding journey that I am using milk bags, because this time around, I am having much better supply and milk bags are more space saving then storage cups 😁 Pur is one of my favourite next to Lansinoh, just because they have true double ziplock functions 😍 . . #pumpingmom #firstborn #highfever #lastweek #secondborn #infantcare #flu #directlatch #immunity #breastmilkimmunity #SpectraBaby #M1 #spectram1 #milkbags #milkbag #purmilkbag #secondbreastfeedingjourney #breastfeedingjourney #milksupply #spacesaving #storagecups #breastmilkstoragecups #lansinoh #doubleziplock #MotivationMonday #breastfeeding #TAF #theaurumflow

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List of Products

These are the list of products that I have mentioned my #MotivationMonday Instagram post:

  1. Spectra M1 Breast Pump
  2. Pur Milk Storage Bag
  3. Lansinoh Milk Bag
  4. Storage Cups (Philip Avent)

This post contains affiliate links. For more information, see my disclosures here.

Spectra M1

Product Information

The Spectra M1 Breast Pump
The M1

Country of Origin: South Korea
My Rating: 9.5 out of 10
Best Places to Buy
Locally in Singapore: Lazada Singapore
Global: Spectra Australia (They do shipping worldwide) OR Spectra Baby USA on Amazon
Technical Specification:
Technical Specification of The M1

My Mini Review

Note: You can read my more detailed review of the Spectra M1 Breast Pump here.

After using it for 2 years now, here is my mini review.

  1. Price
    Indeed, the price is worth the buy for my personal usage. After 2 years, it has definitely break-even.
  2. Highly Raved Reviews
    These personal reviews from other mothers have helped me a lot and I am glad I took into their considerations. So if you read a lot of good personal reviews on the breast pump, the breast pump is good.
  3. Size & Portability
    The lightweight and small size of the pump, together with the accessories and pump parts, makes it so portable and allows me to carry it in a pretty small backpack, which is useful as I have to send my first-born to infant care in 2015 and baby wear him. I also have to bring the daily necessities that are used in his infant care, so that will be two bags for me. I am also doing the same for my current breastfeeding journey with my second-born.
  4. Rechargeable
    I also pump and latch my first-born at the nearby shopping center’s nursing room after fetching my him from infant care in 2015. If I was lucky, I get a nursing room that has a power socket for me to use. If not, this was when the rechargeable function comes in super handy.
  5. My Own Gut Instincts
    We all know our own needs and how our lifestyles are going to be, or rather, how we can predict it will be. Trust your gut instincts.
  6. Suction Power & Output Factor
    I love how the M1 has the 5 levels of massage mode and 5 levels of pump mode.The massage modes are gentler than the pump modes. Tip #1: It is not recommended to use the massage mode for the whole pumping duration, especially for long-term, as it is not healthy for the engine of the pump. The massage mode was a life saver as it was gentler on sensitive nipples during the early days after labour. The pump modes were more painful for the sensitive nipples, but as the days go by and nipples gets more and more accustomed to baby’s latch and pumping, I manage to figure out which is the best pump level out of the 5 levels of pump mode that optimizes the output. I normally have it on pump mode Level 3, and currently rarely used the massage mode. Tip #2: It is a myth that the higher the level of pump mode, the more milk you produce. It will take a while, but adjust the pump modes until you find the best configuration for yourself.
  7. Single and Double Pump
    I was able to do both single and double pumping easily.
  8. Able to play well with other pump parts and accessories (generally will be the choice of milk collector)
    Indeed, I was able to connect my Spectra to my milk collector.
  9. Able to Work as a Closed System
    The backflow protectors are a life saver. There are many times that milk does spray out from the milk collector and into the system, but the backflow protectors save the day, and my M1.
  10. Noise
    I am unable to give a review of the noise level of the M1 in comparison with the other pumps, but generally, a louder level of music from the iPhone is able to drown out the noise. So far, my colleagues have not come to me to ask what is the noise coming from my desk, so I believe it is quiet enough for usage in an open concept air-con office.
  11. Sturdy
    I am unable to give a review of the sturdiness of the M1 in comparison with the S9, but having the M1 with me for 2 years and going is one that I can comment to affirm that the pump is a pretty sturdy pump. It also stands a few drops here and there.
  12. Other factors that I loved
    I do love the fact that it will automatically stop pumping at 30 minutes, as some days, I do get distracted by the timing and overpumping will hurt the nipples.

My Note

This being my very first pump, and only pump since 2015 until I bought my second pump roughly a month after I had given birth to my second-born in July 2017, I generally have no cons for me to review as I never had other pumps to compare my own output with the same environmental settings for a fair comparison. My review is based solely on my personal experiences with the pump and I never had any complaints about it so far as it suits my personal needs nicely. That said, it does not mean the pump does not have any cons, it may just have different cons for different people. Do check out other reviews to study their pros & cons before buying a breast pump, as a breast pump is generally meant to be with a pumping breastfeeding mother for her whole journey.

Note: You can read my more detailed review of the Spectra M1 Breast Pump here.

Pur Milk Storage Bag

Product Information

Pur Breastmilk Storage Bags
Pur Breastmilk Storage Bags

Specification:

  • 250ml/ 9oz
  • BPA Free (Clinically test and proven)
  • Double zipper seal to protect leakage
  • Easy-seal bags

My Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Best Places to Buy
Locally in Singapore: Lazada Singapore
Global: NA

My Mini Review

The storage bag material is able to store the breast milk without much hassle. The label to write the information such as name, date, time and amount of milk is also convenient label both before or/and after pouring milk into the bag. What I like most about this milk bag is the true double zipper seal which helps to protect leakage as mentioned in their specification, as well as able to freeze flat lying down in the freezer (which means saving more space!).

Lansinoh Milk Bag

Product Information

Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags
Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags

Specification:

  • IMPROVED FOR LEAK PREVENTION: Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags come pre-sterilized and have a patented double Click ‘n’ Secure zipper seal and double-sealed seams to prevent leakage; these features make Lansinoh milk storage bags the strongest available
  • PUMP DIRECTLY INTO BAGS: with any Lansinoh breast pump, milk storage bags attach directly to pumping set; for use with other pumps (fit most Medela, Ameda & Evenflo pumps), attach Lansinoh Pump Adapter to the pumping set and bags; adapters sold separately
  • SPACE EFFICIENT MILK STORAGE: Lansinoh breastmilk storage bags are designed with busy breastfeeding mothers in mind. Lansinoh milk storage bags can lay flat for space efficient breastmilk freezer packing or stand upright for convenient refrigerator storage
  • CONVENIENT BREAST MILK TRANSFER: Because nursing mothers know every drop of breast milk counts, Lansinoh Breastmilk Storage Bags feature a convenient pour spout at the top for easy breastmilk transfers to baby bottles for feeding and fewer spill accidents
  • TRUSTED FOR MORE THAN 30 YEARS: Started by a breastfeeding mom, Lansinoh breastfeeding products like Lansinoh pads have been trusted for decades by both mothers and healthcare professionals to provide safe, effective breastfeeding support; BPS and BPA free

My Rating: 8 out of 10
Best Places to Buy
Locally in Singapore: Lazada Singapore
Global: Amazon

My Mini Review

I love the firm feel of the material, especially when pouring breastmilk in and out of the milk bag. The label for information of the milk is also easy to write onto using markers and easy to look for the necessary information as the printed words are clear. These bags are also able to be frozen laying flat, and thus reduces the space needed to store breastmilk. The only thing I may not like is I feel it is a wastage that I am using these large capacity bags for my second breastfeeding journey as my second-born prefers to direct latch with me around and only drinks 50ml or 100ml of milk when I am away from him, so this bag is well suited for mommas whose babies are drinking a lot more.

However, overall, I still love this storage bag most of all! (So far)

Storage Cups (Philip Avent)

Product Information

Philip Avent Breastmilk Storage Cups
Philip Avent Breastmilk Storage Cups

Specification:

  • Comes with 10 pieces of Via bases
  • Comes with 10 pieces of Via lids
  • Able to use as both food and breast milk storage
  • Able to use the adaptor to pump or feed

My Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Best Places to Buy
Locally in Singapore: Lazada Singapore
Global: Amazon

My Mini Review

I have been using this since breastfeeding my first-born. It saves the money spent buying milk bags, but it takes up more storage in the freezer due to the size. Plus sometimes, I do not fully utilize the whole cup, and thus, wasting the valuable freezer storage space. The good thing is, it is not only limited to using as storage cup for breast milk. I can also use it to store food, or tidbits like small biscuits for my children. I can also use it to store my first-born’s milk powder now that he has been weaned off during my second pregnancy. Not only is it limited to storage of food or milk, but these useful VIA cups can also be used to collect breast milk during pumping! Using the Avent adaptor (cup size to normal neck) to attach any (yes, any!) pump flange that has a normal neck attachment, I can directly pump my milk in and store.

Overall, I would recommend this storage cups due to its useful function beyond the original intention.

 

 

 

If you have used these products before, how do you find the ease of usage of the milk bags and the storage cups? Or how does the Spectra M1 work for you? Do leave your comments below, and remember to follow me on my Instagram!

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