The best pumping bra for my spectra

The Best Hands-free Pumping Bra for Spectra: Cake Maternity Lotus Pumping Bra review

If it is possible to love a pump, it was love at first use with my Spectra S1. But if you are reading this article, I’m preaching to the converted. What’s more important to share is the best pumping bra to use with your beloved Spectra.

This is obviously not the only Spectra-compatible pumping bra, but my favorite hands-free Spectra pumping bra is the Cake Maternity Lotus Pumping Bra. It’s the perfect all-rounder, can be worn 24/7 if you want to, and comes in sizes XS to busty XL (fits 8A to 18G).

Cake Maternity Lotus Pumping Bra

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Why is the Lotus Pumping Bra so awesome?

  • This is literally a 3-in-1 nursing bra: You can use it as a ‘regular’ nursing bra to breastfeed, a hands-free pumping bra, and a yoga bra.
  • The double-layered cup design means the flange ‘hole’ is a slit rather than a circle. Pumping bras with slits are the only ones that can work with Spectra flanges as you can’t remove the flange from the bottle.
  • The slits also wrap around the flanges tightly and holds your shield and bottles in place even towards the end of pumping when the bottles are full of milk.
  • You save an obscene amount of time when you pump since you don’t have to put anything extra on or take anything off. All you do is slide the flanges through the slits onto your nipples and off you go.
  •  The Lotus Pumping Bra comes in sizes XS – busty XL which caters to moms from bra size 8A to 18G.
  • You can breastfeed in it as well. All you do is pull the cup flap aside and loop it behind your boob.
  • The double-layered racerback design provides superior support. You shouldn’t use this bra for high-impact exercises (use these sports bras instead) but for any other activity, the Lotus Pumping Bra offers excellent support.
  • It is amazingly comfy. The Lotus Bra is made of soft, stretchy fabric (95% nylon/5% elastane), is seam free and wireless.
  • The stretchy fabric also means it is flexible and stretches to accommodate fluctuations in your breast size.
  • You can wash it in your washing machine – in a garment bag on delicate cycle please.
  • The bra is compatible with most other pump brands as well – Medela, Tommy Tippee, Avent, Pigeon, NUK, Minbee and Chicco.
  • It comes in 5 cool colours:

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The Blush Lotus Pumping Bra is not only really sweet-looking, it also now comes in busty sizes.

Note: The busty size range is only new and is limited in stock. Check back again later if it’s out of stock now.

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The teal Lotus Pumping Bra is my favorite color. I’m planning a detailed review but this is what it looks like in real life:

Teal Lotus Pumping Bra taken with my substandard phone camera

 

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The blue lotus bra fades in color after a few washes. Don’t worry, the elasticity stays the same and it’s as supportive as ever. I’ve been using this bra for 6 months now and it’s still going strong. It looks like the blue bra is being discontinued because of this and is sold cheaper than the others (less than half price on Amazon). If you don’t mind a bit of fading, it’s a budget way to get an excellent quality bra for a steep discount.

Fading in the cups after 3 cold machine washes

What I don’t like about the Lotus Pumping Bra

I have a few bug bears about the lotus pumping bra:

  • It’s non-padded so my nipples show through when I’m wearing tighter tops. I solve this issue by inserting disposable breast pads into the bra pockets.
  • Unfortunately when I do this, the breast pads tend to bunch up after a pumping session and either need repositioning or replacing.
  • The racerback sports bra design also means I can’t wear my favorite camis and spaghetti straps.

All in all, I’m pretty happy with my lotus pumping bra. Not convinced? Check out more features and reviews of the Lotus Pumping Bra on Amazon.

Want to know how I pumped more milk with my Spectra? Read about my unconventional method.

Understandably, some of you might already have nursing bras that you want to make full use of. If that’s the case, these are your options:

If you already have a regular nursing bra, these are your options:

Simple Wishes Signature Hands-free Pumping Bra

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The Simple Wishes Pumping Bra is not actually a bra but more a band with an adjustable Velcro back panel that you wear over your open nursing bra. It has a zip-in center panel at the front to allow 1 inch of side-to-side movement so you can get the best fit for your flanges.

The 4-way layering support keeps a tight seal on your breast shields. Other than Spectra shields, it also fits pump flanges from most other major brands.

The downside? You will need to remove your top to put the band on and will be pumping with your top off. Personally, that makes me feel too exposed. Also, the few extra steps needed to use the band takes up precious minutes in my already busy day.

BRAVADO! Designs Hands-free Nursing Bra Accessory

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This handy accessory won the Mom’s Choice Award for being convenient, easy and discrete. It has a figure 8 opening specifically designed so that non-removable flanges like Spectra shields can be inserted and removed easily. It securely attaches to your nursing bra’s B clips so there is no need to remove your bra (or your top). You can even pump on one side and breastfeed on the other side.

Even though it is made to attach to Bravado nursing bras, you can use it on any nursing bra or cami, as long as it has B clips. Comes in sizes small to extra large to cater for bra sizes 30A – 46F.

Interested? Amazon also has an awesome video showing you how easy it is to use.

Lastly, if you are on a budget and desperately want a hands-free option to pump, check out the:

LactaMed Simplicity Hands-free Kit

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It looks like a few shoelaces slung together but it’s actually a pretty nifty design. It’s full adjustable so one size fits all. It fits in your pocket and works with whatever nursing bra or top you have on. And it’s so cheap it’s worth a try.

The downside? It’s not as secure as the other options and towards the end of your pumping session, you’ll probably have to hold your full bottles in place.

Not sure how to use it? I didn’t either until I watched the how-to video on Amazon.

How do I choose the best pumping bra or accessory for my Spectra?

What’s best for you depends on your circumstances and preferences. These are the features to look out for in a pumping bra to make sure it works well with your Spectra flanges:

  • Slits instead of round holes to fit the non-detachable Spectra shields
  • A tight fit around your shield so that your shield and bottles will stay in place even when your bottles are full

Other features of a good pumping bra:

  • Made of flexible material that will stretch and contract with your boob size
  • Wireless and has a wide under-bust band for good support
  • Easy to use and time-saving
  • Preferably able to multi-task as a regular nursing bra as well

The Cake Maternity Lotus Pumping Bra fulfills all the above criteria and more. I have been using my Lotus Pumping Bras for a few months now and can attest that I’m really happy with it. It’s secure, convenient and has saved me loads of time when I’m rushing at work. It also washes well and has retained its shape after multiple machine washes.

Other burning questions you might have

How many pumping bras do I need?

You will need at least one pumping bra if you intend to do hands-free pumping. If you work full-time, you will need at least 2 pumping bras that you can alternate while the other is in the wash.

For more info, read: How many nursing bras do you need? Also read When to start wearing nursing bras (and why).

Why do Medela pumping bras not work with Spectra pumps?

Medela pumping bras were made to work with the detachable Medela flanges. The Medela bra (bustier) has round holes. It would be almost impossible to squeeze your non-detachable Spectra flanges through those holes.

Do DIY pumping bras work for Spectra?

There are DIY hacks out there teaching moms to cut holes in sports bras and using them as pumping bras. This will not work with Spectra shields. You will need to cut a pretty big hole to fit the flanges and these large holes will never hold your shields in place securely.

To wrap up

Having a great breast pump is important but being able to pump easily, securely and comfortably is even more important. The Cake Maternity Lotus Pumping Bra is one of the best hands-free pumping bras around. Have you tried it? What do you think?

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