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Breastfeeding can be full of just as many ups and downs as pregnancy. There’s the joy of that special bond with your baby but then there’s also the struggles of over/under supply, tongue or lip ties, mastitis, thrush, etc. etc. etc. Something that can help some of those breastfeeding problems is the Haakaa breast pump.
Here’s 7 reasons why I love the Haakaa breast pump and why you should too:
It’s All One Piece
The Haakaa is a one piece manual breast pump made out of 100% food grade silicone by a family owned New Zealand company. It’s nothing like I’ve ever seen when it comes to manual breast pumps. I got the Medela Harmony soon after my daughter was born and what a waste of money! I should have bought the Haakaa breast pump then instead. The Harmony is such a pain to use compared to the Haakaa. You have to make sure you have all of the pieces, it’s tricky to clean, and honestly made my hands tired when I tried to pump with it. It also hurt my breasts.
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The Hakaa breast pump’s one piece patented design is so genius and makes expressing breast milk so much easier. Plus, there’s no cords or batteries needed!
It’s Easy to Use
All you have to do to use the Haakaa breast pump is suction it to your breast. Depending on how much you want to express or how fast your milk flow is, you may have to squeeze it a few times. Place the pump flange over your nipple and center it in the middle. Squeeze the base of the pump to create the suction and start letdown. If you’re having a hard time getting letdown to start, massage the top of your breast with a warm washcloth.
You can do this while nursing or not. If done while nursing your baby on the opposite breast, you really don’t have to do much work as it catches the letdown your baby started. This is one of my favorite ways to express breastmilk, since I’m already nursing and the milk would have leaked into a burp rag or nursing pad anyways. This also helps drain the breasts more and reduces your chances of getting a plugged milk duct and mastitis. This means I can create a freezer stash without causing an oversupply.
I also love using the Haakaa breast pump when my baby falls asleep after only doing one side, or if I wake up super engorged.
After you collect the milk, simply squeeze the flange to create a funnel (it has a little indent/ridge specifically for this purpose), and pour it into a breastmilk storage bag or bottle.
It’s Made Out of Non-Toxic Materials
Since it’s made out of 100% silicone, the Haakaa breast pump is, BPA, PVC, phthalate-free and environmentally friendly.
Again, because of the sleek one piece design of the Haakaa, it’s so easy to toss into your diaper bag or purse — I love bringing it with me while my husband and I are on a date or if I’m out and about without my baby.
Pumping in public is much quieter with the Haakaa. It literally makes no noise! (Except for the suction sound at first). It’s also easy to cover it with your shirt while pumping if you are more comfortable being covered in public.
The fact that it’s quiet also means it won’t ever wake up your baby! I’ve pumped with it while both my sleeping husband and baby were in bed with me.
It’s Easy to Clean
You can easily wash the Haakaa breast pump with hot, soapy water after each use. It’s also, get — DISHWASHER SAFE. Whaaaat. If you’re anything like me, you have zero desire to wash a pump after using it when you have so many other mama things to do (or you know, sleep).
The Haakaa breast pump is so affordable, especially compared to other manual pumps (or pumps in general). The smallest size, the 90 ml, runs for $13.80 on Amazon. Just for reference, the Medela Harmony is $31.99 on Amazon. Since the Haakaa company is in New Zealand, you need to buy off of a retailer like Amazon if you are in the U.S. You can also buy it at Target (at least online).
There’s a lot of Haakaa knock-offs out there that don’t work as well because the quality isn’t as good, so make sure you’re buying from an authorized retailer on Amazon or Walmart. Haakaa USA and Parents Favorite are the only two.
You can also buy ones that come with a cute little flower stopper or a lid.
Things that aren’t my favorite about the Haakaa breast pump:
Now, even though I consider this pump to be absolutely life saving, there are a few things that I don’t love about it. Mainly that it is easy to spill milk from if you aren’t careful. Especially if you have a kicky baby. I have to position my baby’s legs a little bit differently while nursing to avoid her kicking the Haakaa off my breast (which she has done before). I would purchase the flower stopper over the lid, though, because the lid doesn’t do much — it’s really just to protect the Haakaa from collecting dust on the inside when not in use.
Because of the design, it’s a little hard to hand wash without a brush that can fit inside, but my fingers/hand is small enough that I can barely reach the bottom.
Also, the measurements on the Haakaa breast pump are a little off — at least on the 90 ml size. This can be a little deceiving when you’re pumping. I’ve gotten excited about a certain amount I’ve pumped only to realize I didn’t pump as much when emptying it. Haakaa says on its product description for the breast pump:
Due to the shape of the pump, the measurement lines act only as a rough guide. For more accurate measurements, please purchase our updated 150ml/100ml pumps. Results can vary as each woman and her milk supply are unique.
Other Haakaa products
Haakaa has some other really awesome looking products that are on my wish list, especially the Haakaa inverted nipple corrector (because I have to nurse with a nipple shield due to flat nipples). The Haakaa Gen.2 breast pump is also on my radar since it comes with a suction base to prevent spills, and I’d love a second one so I could pump on both sides if I ever needed to. Below are some more Haakaa items I’m excited to try: