When I first heard about the Spectra Dew 350 I was very intrigued. Spectra is a big brand in America and lesser known in the UK. They claim to make hospital grade breast pumps for personal use. I think these pumps can start to rival the other UK breast pump brands in terms of price and quality and give mums another great option for a quality pump. A real hospital grade pump for around £100? Read on to find out if this new brand lives up to its claims.
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Spectra Dew 350 Review
Who would this breast pump suit?
- Wanting to increase milk supply
- Pumping so dad can feed baby
- Looking to build a breast milk supply
- Flat/inverted nipples
- High usage or exclusive pumping mums
The Spectra Dew 350 is a dual pump designed for heavy use, so ideal if you are needing to pump more than 3 times a day. I would still say this pump is suitable for mums who want to pump 1-2 times daily as the double expression can speed up the process. It’s ideal as it can be used as a single pump and a double pump so you can get all the benefits of both types in one model. The Spectra Dew will cost around £90-£120 to buy depending on what offer s are available, but you’ll be looking to pay no more than £100.
How comfortable is the pump?
If you are a regular to Mama Milk, you will know how often I tell mums that comfort is so important when pumping. The breast shields to this pump are simple non-cushioned plastic similar to those supplied with the Medela Swing. The shield size is regular (25mm) , although you can purchase a large (27mm), X-large (30mm) and XX-large (32mm) sizes separately if required. You can also purchase a separate silicone massage cushion to make the pump more comfortable on the breast especially if you have sensitive nipples. However note that sometimes these cushion stop some mums from getting an effective pump, and find they yield more without them. The pump does not has a ‘let down’ phase and pumps at a set rate of 46 sucks a minute plus you can use a dial to adjust the suction power for comfort.
How effective is the pump?
The Max suction power of 350mmHG is very impressive compared to the Medela Swing which has a maximum suction of 250mmHG. There is no denying this pump will work wonders for mums who need that extra bit of ‘oomph’ from a pump especially if you’ve become accustomed to a hospital grade pump. This has been compared to the Medela Symphony and said to have worked just as well. On the double pump feature mums report to getting around 4-6 Oz in 10 minutes from using this pump.
Llet’s be honest this breast pump looks like a boob, with its round pink main part and dark pink ‘nipple’ dial! I’m not sure if this was intentional but I think a lot of mums would find it very off putting, especially if it was to be taking into the workplace.
The has a motor use of 1500 hours which means if you pumped 12 times a day, for 20 minutes each time, the pump would still last for around 6 years before needing replaced.
Ease of use
This pump is very easy to use with few parts. It has an on off switch and a simple one-handed dial control. As it’s made of a few parts it’s super easy to clean and reassemble. The parts can be microwave sterilised which is always a bonus as it saves so much time. The pump also comes with an easy to read manual.
What type of system is it?
The Spectra Dew 350 is a closed system breast pump. That means that no milk will be in contact with the actual motor unit or the tubing. This makes the pump much more hygienic to use and easier to clean.
A high usage pump requires a hard wearing motor, which is often heavier. This pump need to be plugged into a mains supply (120-220 v) and does not come with a battery or car adapter option. So really it’s not ideal for mums who need to pump at work or want to be able to move around whilst they pump, and more suited to mums who pump solely at home.
How noisy is the pump?
Noise is really hard to score on a pump, but most mums report that they found this pump rather quiet compared to other hospital grade pumps. Although it is not going to be noiseless, it is more the sound of a heavy sigh rather than the mechanical churn of a lot of pumps. Although this might be annoying to some mums, it is still quiet enough to pump without disturbing a sleeping baby.
The breast pump comes with two standard collection bottles and teats for converting to feeding bottle. If you prefer to use a well known bottle brand the Medela bottles are compatible with the Specta Dew 350 so you can use these instead of having to pump and transfer later.
Warrenty and customer care
This Spectra pump comes with a 1 year warranty. They also have a customer services helpline which provides excellent service, the number is 0845 603724.
All of the parts of the pump are BPA-free.
- Breast Pump motor
- AC adaptor
- Breast shield x 2
- Bottle x 2
- Soft teat x 2
- Tubing x 2
- Bottle stand x 2
- Disc x 2
- Cap x 2
- Backflow filter x 2
- Membrane x 4.
What others are saying
Here are some of the comments from mums who have purchased this pump:
“done research and after reading many reviews seemed the best option!”
“spectra dew 350 is truly my life saver.”
“I am now exclusively pumping for my baby girl and because of the double pump, I am expressing and feeding in a quarter of the time it used to take me to breastfeed alone.”
“It works the same as the hosiptal (sic) ones but so much cheaper. Double pumping save me so much time.”
“This is the best purchase I have ever made.”
“For the first two months of breast feeding I borrowed a hospital grade pump. I then purchased the spectra dew. It is more effective than the hospital one.”
- Not portable as no battery option
- May not visually appeal to some mums
Where can I read more reviews on the Spectra Dew Dual Expression Breast Pump?
You can read more reviews from mums who have bought this pump on Amazon.