Find all your Spectra Pump Parts and Accessories here!!
If you have a Spectra breast pump, you might be on the hunt for some replacement parts or accessories.
You will not find Spectra parts being sold in stores in the US. Hopefully one day that will happen but for now, the internet is your best friend.
Here is a quick rundown of the common Spectra pump parts:
- Tubing – This is simply a clear plastic tube that connects the pump motor to the flanges
- Flanges – Also called breast shields, are the plastic, cone-shaped horns that fit over your breast
- Valves – small plastic pieces that fit at the bottom of the flange that is fitted with a membrane to let the pumped milk fall into the collection bottle.
- Backflow Protector – This keeps the milk from having any contact with the tubing and pump motor. This is the key piece in making the Spectra pump a closed system pump.
Spectra Breast Shields / Flanges
Spectra offers 3 different breast shield sizes. The 24MM is the smallest size. If you need a smaller size than that, I suggest you pick up a massager insert as that will decrease the flange size.
Some third-party vendors like MayMom do sell other sizes that fit the Spectra Pumps if the three standard sizes do not sit.
You should not ever have to replace the flanges unless they get damaged somehow but it is smart (and convenient) to have an extra set or two on hand. Especially if you pump a lot.
I had 4 sets when I pumped full time at work.
How to find the right fitting breast shield is something moms ask about a lot. It has nothing to do with the size of your breast but rather your nipples.
If a flange does not fit correctly, it can cause discomfort or decreased milk volume.
When pumping, your nipple should not rub or feel squished at all in the flange. All of your nipple should fit inside without restriction. If you feel any discomfort or pain, you may need a bigger size.
The best way to determine your size if you need help is to see a Lactation Consultant. They can properly fit you.
Spectra Silicone Massager Insert
This insert is made to be placed in the Spectra Breast Shield or Flange to help cushion.
If you are sensitive and need extra comfort, then give the massager insert a try!
The valve connects to the flange and allows the milk to flow into the collection bottle.
Because this piece is used and abused, it gets replaced more often than any other part. You can expect to replace the valves every 3 months or so.
If you exclusively pump or pump multiple times a day, then you might need to replace them every 2 months. This would be the first part I would replace if you notice a decrease in output when pumping. It is often the culprit.
The backflow protector is essentially the piece that makes the Spectra pump a closed system pump.
It prevents pumped milk from entering the tubing and pump motor. The membrane of the backflow protector can become stretched out and will need replacing every so often.
You can expect it to last roughly 4 months. Maybe less if you pump often.
Silicone Membrane for Backflow Protector
Because the Spectra Pumps are closed system, milk does not enter the tubing.
You should not have to replace the tubing but moms often like to have an extra set on hand. I have forgotten my tubing at home before and was unable to pump. It is a nice idea to have a backup set.
Replacement Part Bundles
Buying bundles is a good idea if you want to have multiple sets on hand. It can save you some money. This is especially helpful if you work and pump.
Bottles and Nipples
If you work full-time, then having bottles on hand for at least two days is extremely helpful.
I sent 5 bottles each day to daycare with my baby (1 was an extra bottle for the “just in case” scenario).
I can’t tell you how many times I came home and just didn’t feel like washing 5 bottles to prepare them for the next day. Having two days worth helped a lot!
Spectra Pumps and Accessory Sets
Spectra sells the S1, S2, S9, M1, and Dew 350 in blue or pink. All are great pumps and you can select different accessory sets.
Additional Accessories and Useful Stuff
Have Medela Pump Accessories and want to use them with the Spectra pumps?
Want to use a feeding system that allows you to pump directly into a storage bag?
Want to make your Spectra S2 a portable pump? You can find all that and more below!
As always, if you have any questions just leave them below and I will do my best to help you out!