Are you thinking about getting a Motif Luna? Here’s a complete Motif Luna breast pump review, including the pros and cons, how to make it portable, and what bottles you can use with it.
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What is the Motif Luna Breast Pump?
The Motif Luna is a great double electric breast pump for working parents.
While it’s a newer pump and not as popular or widely used as other pumps, it is very similar to the Spectra S2.
What are the pros of the Motif Luna?
Some of the advantages of getting a Motif Luna include:
- It’s a powerful and very effective pump. Many women who had used both the Luna and other pumps said that they emptied faster with the Luna. (Motif has also done research on the subject.)
- You have a lot of flexibility in the settings that you use on your pump. With most pumps, you are able to change the vacuum speed (the strength of the suction); the Luna also allows you to adjust the cycle speed (how frequently the pump pulls).
- Many users really like the LED and backlight; they found that these made going back to sleep after middle of the night pumping sessions much easier, as it’s possible to pump without turning the lights on.
- The Luna is a closed system pump, which means no milk in the tubing.
- You have the option to buy a Luna with a rechargeable battery or one that requires you to be connected to an outlet. (The one with the rechargeable battery is about $30 more.) This is key for being able to pump on the go or even just not be tied to your wall at home.
- You get two different sizes of breast shields – 24mm and 28mm – included with the pump.
Here’s a quick video of my playing around with the settings. (First I turn it on, then adjust the vacuum level while in massage mode, then switch to expression mode and adjust the vacuum and cycle speeds, and turn on the LED light.)
(Video transcript: Video has no speaking or music, but there is audio of the Motif Luna breast pump running. Woman turns on pump and shows how to adjust settings. She then picks up the pump parts to show them to the camera.)
What are the cons of the Motif Luna?
There are also a few disadvantages:
- The pump isn’t especially quiet (but it’s not as loud as some other pumps either)
- If you need a breast shield smaller than 24mm or bigger than 28mm, you will need to hack the pump to use other sizes (more on how to do this below).
Motif Luna Pump accessories
Because the Motif is a less widely-used breast pump, it may be difficult to find replacement pump parts or bottles at a brick and mortar store near you.
As a result, I would recommend buying a few extra sets to have on hand in case the ones that come with your pump break or are lost.
Another option is to figure out how to hack your pump to use Spectra or Medela breast pump parts.
Using the Luna with Spectra pump parts
The Spectra parts are very similar, and swapping them out is fairly straightforward.
As Spectras have become more popular, their replacement pump parts are seen more often at Target and other stores.
Using the Luna with Medela pump parts
To use Medela breast pump parts with a Motif Luna, you would need to use an adaptor that will allow you to attach the backflow protector that comes with your Luna to the Medela pump parts.
The backflow protector protects the tubing and motor from breastmilk, making it a closed system pump. Using a closed system pump without a backflow protector may void your warranty in some cases.
What bottles are compatible with the Luna?
The Luna uses wide-mouth bottles. Spectra and Avent bottles are also compatible with the Luna.
You may be able to pump into narrow-mouth bottles with an adapter like this one.
Motif Luna Breast Pump review: Bottom line
The Motif Luna isn’t one of the best known brands, but almost everyone I’ve interviewed who has used it loves it.
The Luna will work great for either a working mom or an exclusive pumper. I would recommend getting the option with the rechargeable battery if possible.
(You may be able to get a Motif Luna free through insurance. Check out your eligibility here.)
Have you used this pump? Tell us your Motif Luna breast pump review in the comments!