Motif Luna Breast Pump Review

Upon recently having my second child, I was able to give the new Motif Luna to review. While this wasn’t my first rodeo with a double electric breast pump, it had been a while since the last time I pumped.  With my first child, I used a Medela Pump in Style and loved its simplicity. I also got the Spectra S2PLUS through my insurance when I was pregnant with Lydia.

That being said, I had a pretty fresh take on this new pump, but I wasn’t completely inexperienced either.

Testing The New Motif Luna Breast Pump

I’ve been giving this pump a lot of action since little baby was born. From experiencing late nights, returning to work, and even flying for a work trip the Luna was with me for it all and it’s still going. This is an incredibly durable pump that’s easy to travel with. But I’ll start from the beginning.

Parts Included With The Motif Luna:

To my surprises upon opening the box to assemble my pump and become familiar with it prior to baby arriving, as the experts suggest, it was already put together. The breast pump was easy to set up, unlike other pumps, and I was able to hit the ground running with the:
The Motif Luna is a closed system pump

  • Two 24mm Breast Shields
  • Two Silicone Valves
  • Two Backflow Protectors (as this is a closed system pump)
  • Two Sets of Tubing
  • Two Milk Collection Containers
  • Two Milk Collection Container Caps
  • Two Milk Collection Container Covers
  • Two Milk Collection Container Disks
  • Two Bottle Nipples
  • One Power Adaptor

Major Motif Luna Benefits

Easy To Use

Not only did the pump arrive all set up and ready to use, but it was also easy to use. The Motif Luna has an intuitive design that’s easy to quickly understand and came with easy to follow instructions. Trust me, with a toddler, infant, husband, and cat, the simpler something is, the better.

I customized the best modes for expressing milk in a matter of seconds, and the Luna remembered them! All I have to do is turn it on and select Memory Mode to turn on my favorite settings.

Hygienic

I love that the Motif Luna is a closed system pump with protectors that prevent milk from backflowing into the tube and getting into the motor. If milk or moisture gets into the motor, there’s no way to know if mold and bacteria are growing and infecting your breast milk.

I loved using a closed system because it provided a little extra piece of mind that the tubes and motor were staying clean. You still washed my bottles and flanges after every use, and I liked to sterilize the whole kit and kaboodle once a week.

Portable The Motif Luna Breast Pump is portable

Like a majority of women out there, I’m a working mom, so I’ll need to pump and work to maintain my breastfeeding goals.

The Motif Luna is sleek and lightweight, it was easy to quickly drop into any bag. It must weigh about a pound and didn’t weigh me down one bit.

It conveniently fit in my carry-on bag for Mexico, so I was able to maintain my milk supply for a whole week when I was away from my baby. Getting my pump through the airport was easy, the TSA agents just wanted to take a look at it.

Durable

The Motif Luna is also very durable. It’s still going strong and operating at peak performance after numerous pumping sessions and a few tumbles on the floor of my car while going back and forth from work. Let’s also not forget that it traveled with me to Mexico!

All of the pumping accessories, such as the tubing and bottles, for example, have a sturdy feel. Every item included has a sense of long-lasting quality.

Discreet

The Motif Luna is the quietest breast pump I’ve ever used. It seemed to operate at a whisper. I can pump at my desk without anybody noticing. 

I wanted to build a freezer stash of breast milk. I’d nurse her on one side and pump the other. I could use it right beside the crib after she fell asleep at night. 

The backlit LCD screen and night light are both soothing and easy to read. They aren’t harsh and blinding, which helped for expressing milk while Lydia was sleeping during the night.

By having a faster let-down mode, the Motif Luna was actually able to completely empty my breast. It only took about 15 minutes to fully empty my breasts!! This was great for quickly pumping breaks at work and made it seem like I wasn’t taking time out of my vacation to pump.

Comfortable

Because the Motif Luna is strong with the ability to express breast milk in 20 minutes, you may think it hurts or is uncomfortable to use, but that’s not true. It seems to easily mimic my baby’s breastfeeding pattern for soothing comfort, even at the highest setting. Plus, you can easily change the vacuum settings at any time to suit your needs.

The flanges or breast shields have a different shape, with more of an angle that seemed to fit my breasts better. Instead of having a standard cone shape, these flanges are much closer to my natural shape.  

Looks Great

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed that some breast pumps look like they haven’t been updated since 1965? Or they only come in pink or blue, regardless of your baby’s gender?

Well, thank goodness the Motif Luna has a modern design with a gender-neutral shade of teal. It provides a nice pop of color and fits in well with any furniture. It won’t stick out around the house like an eyesore.

A Few Negatives…

Unfortunately, no breast pump is perfect. Even though my time with the Motif Luna has been primarily positive so far, I did come across a few potential setbacks.

  • The Luna has a glossy finish that’s prone to fingerprints. I personally prefer matte products so I don’t have to keep wiping them down.
  • The bottles that are included are a little small. Each mom may express different amounts of milk, but I think a bigger bottle option for resupply would be helpful.
  • There is no battery or car charger option available, so if you aren’t near a plug you’re out of luck. I would have preferred a little more flexibility.
  • It only came with one flange size, unlike other options. It’s not like one flange size fits all, all breasts come in different shape and sizes.
  • There are no locks for the backflow protector. This isn’t a deal breaker as long as you aren’t moving around a lot while you pump, but it made me feel

My Overall Experience

The Motif Luna is a great breast pump. It’s quiet, strong, and has a closed system. I can’t believe how comfortable it is, especially when it has the ability to completely empty my breasts in as little as 20 minutes. 

The Motif Luna breast pump is easy to travel with

Using the Motif Luna in Mexico!

Even though I wish it was battery powered, it’s incredibly lightweight and easy to travel with. I’ve been pumping at work without any issues. This reliable breast pump and its accessories haven’t let me down.

Plus, the Motif Luna was designed with moms in mind, with discreet features built to suit their individual needs at an incredibly low cost. Motif actually designed the Luna to make it easier for moms to receive a high-quality pump through insurance. I remember reading last year some insurance companies lowered the reimbursement rate for breast pumps. It’s lower cost should help moms receive their breast pump for free under their insurance coverage.

 

30 Comments

  1. Anne May 7, 2019 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    How did you like it in comparison to the Spectra?

    • KellyBoobBook June 19, 2019 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      I actually liked the Luna better. I found it more comfortable and it wasn’t as tall as the Spectras.

  2. Laurell May 16, 2019 at 8:00 pm - Reply

    Which pump do you prefer? The Spectra s2 or the Luna? Trying to decide between the two

    • KellyBoobBook June 19, 2019 at 2:57 pm - Reply

      I liked the Luna better. I found it more comfortable and I thought it was prettier.

      • Laurell June 19, 2019 at 3:11 pm - Reply

        Thank you! I just ordered the Luna yesterday!

        • KellyBoobBook June 26, 2019 at 8:33 pm - Reply

          That’s so exciting!! Please come back and let me know how you like it.

  3. Vanessa June 5, 2019 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    The Luna does have the option for a car power adapter so you can pump on the go. 🙂 I’m trying to decide between the Spectra S1Plus and Luna– which did you prefer?

    • Elana Harris July 20, 2019 at 1:01 am - Reply

      Can you use the Spectra car charger or just the Luna car charger? I want to order from a amazon to avoid shipping fees but they don’t sell the Lima charger on Amazon.

  4. Angel Medina June 20, 2019 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    Is the Luna able to be used with other milk bags or is it only able to take their brand?

    • KellyBoobBook June 26, 2019 at 8:34 pm - Reply

      Yes! You can use different bags. I have some friends who slide the Lansinoh bags right over the bottom of the flange and pump directly into it. I’m not that brave. I use the milk storage bottles and then transfer to a bag.

  5. Kate June 21, 2019 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Have you had to replace any parts? I have the Medela Pump-in-Style and the Freestyle from my first baby and it’s annoying to be constantly replacing the little membranes. The replacement diaphragms and valves seem pretty cheap, but I’m wondering how often they need to be replaced for optimal suction. I pumped for 18+ mos the first time around.

    Also, I liked the Freestyle for on-the-go b/c it did conceal well under my shirt/wrap. The diaphragms on the Luna seem to stick out pretty far from the bottle and flange, so I’m wondering how easy it is to wear and still be mobile?

    Thank you!

    • KellyBoobBook June 26, 2019 at 8:36 pm - Reply

      I found it was easier to keep up with the diaphram than the Medela. When I cleaned the pump in style, like 5 of those membranes slipped out of my hand and down the disposal. I’ve seen you should replace parts every 3 months or so, but I’ve made it longer. The Luna is not as mobile as the Freestyle because it is bigger and doesn’t have a belt clip. You’ll have to be stationary when pumping with the Luna.

  6. Madison June 26, 2019 at 4:46 am - Reply

    To everyone concerned because the Luna is not portable, I bought an external rechargeable battery pack from amazon and made is portable. All you have to make sure is that you purchase the correct voltage. The Luna needs 12v. Luna’s parts are also compatible with spectra parts so I bought smaller spectra flanges.

    • Elana Harris July 20, 2019 at 12:59 am - Reply

      What battery pack did you get? Luna does have a car charger available, but hey don’t sell on Amazon. Do you know if the Spectra car charger works with the Luna?

  7. Sarah June 29, 2019 at 3:29 am - Reply

    I just received my Luna Motif pump and Love the look of it. When I went to first use it everything appeared to work but couldn’t get a suction. Has anyone else experienced this and if so, what did you do to correct? Cannot wait to start using this. Not many setup/troubleshooting suggestions and videos for this product yet.

    Thank you,
    First Time Momma

    • KellyBoobBook July 2, 2019 at 8:56 pm - Reply

      Oh no! Have you reached out to Motif’s customer service? I’ve heard they have amazing customer service.

  8. Anna July 1, 2019 at 3:33 am - Reply

    Hi, I see you prefer the Luna over the spectra. Can you tell me if you feel it empties your breast faster than the spectra and possibly increases supply? I currently have the spectra (with battery) and am just meeting my supply needs each day and it takes at least 20 mins of pumping then some manual expression each session. I am eligible for a new pump for this baby and and trying to decide if the Luna would Express faster than spectra. Or if I should go for a more portable option like the duo. I can find mich head to head comparison to the Luna. Thanks in advance for any info you can give.

    • KellyBoobBook July 2, 2019 at 8:55 pm - Reply

      I can say definitely the breast pump flanges were more comfortable. Motif flanges are more shaped like a breast; the Spectra has a triangle shape. How old is your Spctra? I’ve read breast pumps are only designed to last like 300 hours of use. They eventually become less effective. With the Luna specifically, I felt like it was powerful enough to express milk quickly but not so powerful that it hurt.

  9. Anna July 9, 2019 at 10:57 pm - Reply

    Madison,
    Would you mind posting what battery you have successfully used with the motif? Thanks!

  10. Karla July 25, 2019 at 11:58 am - Reply

    Hey! Do you prefer the Medela in style or the motif Luna? I have used the Medela but I’m currently pregnant and trying to decide on if I should try this one or get the Medela again. I strictly pumped with my first child because he wouldn’t latch on so I need one that will keep my supply up good.

    • KellyBoobBook August 9, 2019 at 4:07 pm - Reply

      I used the Medela when I worked at the hospital for almost a year. It worked great but I was always aware of the noise it made. I feel like I can use the Luna in a library and people wouldn’t know. It’s hard to tell because each baby is so different so my milk supply is different too. I felt like the Luna emptied my breasts faster.

  11. Christina July 30, 2019 at 2:08 am - Reply

    Did you have any issues when you assembled your pump? I’m having issues with mine and for the life of me I can’t figure it out at all and I’ve tried mostly everything. And I guess this pump is new to the market so there’s not many pages or help with troubleshooting or a YouTube video ??

    • KellyBoobBook August 9, 2019 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Oh no! I’m so sorry to hear that. What specifically are you having trouble with? I didn’t have any issues but I have called Motif customer service for an unrelated issue. I talked to Laura and she’s amazing. You should definitely call her 844-272-8390.

  12. Chanel October 20, 2019 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Do you know if there is an adapter that is compatible with the Kinde storage twist bags?

  13. Kaylynn Weldon November 25, 2019 at 8:38 pm - Reply

    I love my pump! But what I absolutely hate about motif luna is the bottles that come with it dont tighten at all to the attachments to pump into! So they leak everywhere if not careful. I won’t even use them to feed my baby girl because of the awful seal.

  14. Lyndsay January 17, 2020 at 2:18 am - Reply

    I previously used a medela and am getting ready to have my second child. I have sone of the medela bottles still. Are these compatible with the Luna or should I order extra bottles?

  15. catherine February 20, 2020 at 9:49 pm - Reply

    I am between the Luna and the Medela Freestyle Flex, do you have a recommendation?

  16. Vaishali Babu October 8, 2020 at 7:52 pm - Reply

    Hey! do you prefer Medela freestyle flex or Motif Luna? Its my first pregnancy and I’m bit confused between these 2 products. Which one you would recommend.

  17. Yuliya Kovalev February 2, 2021 at 7:49 pm - Reply

    This is the battery pack I believe Madison used for the Luna. I came across the review through Amazon.
    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01M7Z9Z1N/ref=crt_ewc_title_srh_1?ie=UTF8&psc=1&smid=A24OIV2F0TL1K3

  18. Morgan H March 4, 2021 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I am wondering the same question as catherine and Vaishali, this will be my first time pumping as well and am stuck between the Medela Freestyle Flex and the Motif Luna, which one would you go with between the two?

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