Introducing the new and improved Haakaa pump! I received this awesome little invention this morning and was just a little too eager to get started. Bonus with this little piece of silicone is that it makes it so easy! Wash with warm soapy water, rinse and then sterilise – I use a microwave steamer, but placed in boiling water on the stove will do the same trick. It was then all ready to go.
- Place top of pump over your nipple – make sure your nipple is in the neck of the pump and comfortable
- Apply suction – you may need to adjust a couple of times. Once the pump is secure and comfortable you can squeeze the base of the pump (not interfering with the top/suction) to create some movement
- Once the milk begins to flow simply leave the pump alone to do its thing.
Yep that is really it, as easy as… well spilling milk! Except this isn’t spilled, it isn’t wasted! It goes straight in to the pump.
Unfortunately, as much as I would love to, I don’t have an abundance of milk, so catching every last drop is of upmost importance to me. This genius little device allows me to collect on one side, hands free, whilst feeding Little D on the other. The suction is strong, however not uncomfortable, and then once finished with the pump, you can gently remove from the breast by placing it on a solid surface. The pump can then stand upright on its own while I re-robe myself and burp D. The added volume in this one means being able to collect up to 150mLs. Probably a far off dream for me, but hey, never say never!
I currently don’t have a cap for the top and I think this would actually be really handy. Because a) it keeps it sterile after cleaning and b) there is absolute certainty of no tears over spilled milk. Another tip is to have a warm cloth over your breast while you pump, this encourages milk flow and therefore more milk collected for you!
As I type away, I’ve decided to pop it back on while D sleeps and it literally is hands free, little drops of milk are collecting as I pump. I really hope this helps build up my supply or at the very least allows me to collect enough for the bottle per day the D needs. I will keep you all updated! I must admit to being super slack recently with the pumping, because, well, cords! It is a pain to plug cords in particularly with a very active and suddenly super cuddly toddler climbing all over you. Hands free is dandy in my eyes!
As with any pump, make sure that your nipple isn’t touching the sides of the pump, it should be central to make sure no friction is applied to this sensitive little area. Fun Fact: I have had trouble getting D to take bottles the last week. In a little experiment I tipped the Haakaa Pump up just enough so he could sip straight from it and voila! He loved the feel on his gums and drank everything I had pumped in there! Grated at the time it was only 10mLs, but I count that as an absolute win!
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Update to say: I have since purchased the cap and it’s great for making sure the milk stays free of any contaminants while I’m getting dressed / tending to Little D. The stoppers (also available) are the things that really plug the milk from coming out. I’m also happy to say, despite not having much milk I am now able to get up to 80 mls per pump! I have seen other Mumma’s overflow the thing, but that has still never happened here. I also tried this the other day whilst using my Medula on the other side, I was able to get just as much out of the HaaKaa.
I was given this product to trial, all opinions are my own.