Recently I was given the opportunity to try the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump. This product is a small, handheld, portable, breast pump made from 100% food grade silicone. It is unique in that it is a tool that allows for passive collection of breastmilk with the use of suction after your milk has let down.
When I first saw this pump I was intrigued. Over the course of breastfeeding 3 babies, I've tried a lot of products, and have learned that there are many ways to to effectively empty my breasts. It is nice to have options!
Full disclosure is that I am 17 months postpartum, and still breastfeeding-BUT not pumping a lot of milk when I'm at work. I did not expect to get a ton of milk with this product.
How it works: Suction the pump over your nipple right after let down (if you were nursing a baby on the other side), OR you can squeeze pump gently to encourage let down. Once milk starts to flow, you just let the pump work with it's suction and collect the milk. You do not need to do anything else. It is a passive form of milk collection with suction only.
How I tested this product: I took the product to work with me. I am a nurse that works 12 hour shifts and I am still pumping once per shift to maintain some of my supply although I pump very little now. I mostly hand express. I used my electric pump to get a let down and then applied the haakaa pump to my breast while I hand expressed the other breast. I was extremely surprised that I was getting sprays right away! I rarely get any sort of spray with my electric pump now. I did not get a ton of milk, but again I did not expect to get a ton. It got about the same amount that I would get when hand expressing which is impressive.
If I would have used this pump in the prime of breastfeeding when my milk was abundant there is no doubt in my mind, this pump would have collected a substantial amount. I've seen other mothers who have used this pump with great results! I also love that it is compact and can fit in purse. I received this super cute flower stopper when my pump that completely closes off the collection area for save travel without spillage. The company also makes a lid that fits.
This pump would be great for moms on the go, or traveling who may not necessarily NEED to pump-but might end up in a situation where they need to express milk. It is also good for casual collection of breastmilk when you are at home nursing your baby during the day. It's also very easy to hand express into the flange opening after you are done pumping.
I would recommend this product and appreciate the opportunity to review. I look forward to maybe using this with another baby, and also telling new moms about it because it is for sure going to go in to my new mama breastfeeding care package from now on!
Official Product Details from Haakaa
- 100% pure food grade silicone
- Small, handheld, portable, convenient
- Easy and effective milk collection
- Accommodates different breast sizes
- 4ounce and 5.4ounce milk collection capacity
- Suction base to help keep your milk steady and spill free
- Easy to use and clean
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