A list of all my favorite Tips/Tricks For Using The Haakaa Breast Pump.
If you don't have the Haakaa as a breastfeeding mom, I am going to straight up say GET IT! It is literally one of the best baby purchases you will ever make! And has become my favorite breastfeeding product by far! It also makes for the perfect gift for any breastfeeding mom.
What is a Haakaa?
The Haakaa is a silicone one piece breast pump that can serve as a milk collector as well as a manual breast pump. While nursing attach the Haakaa to your non nursing breast and let it catch your letdown, without any additional effort.
Why should I get a Haakaa?
The Haakaa is the absolute easiest pump to use! Unlike other manual pumps that require you to create the suction, the Haakaa does all the work for you! Set it and forget it. Once the Haakaa is suctioned to your breast it requires no pumping motion from you. Just sit back, relax, and watch your letdown begin to fill the Haakaa.
The Haakaa is great for those of you that experience engorgement. We all know breastfeeding is a supply and demand process, so instead of pumping and telling your body to produce more milk. Use the Haakaa to express milk and catch the letdown from your non nursing breast in order to relieve engorgement.
I used the Haakaa about 5 times a day collecting approximately 2 ounces each use. This resulted in 75 additional ounces a week, 300 additional ounces a month! Get the Haakaa and you will be on your way to a large freezer stash instead of soggy wet breast pads!
Related: Why I LOVE The Haakaa Breast Pump (Included Topics: How To Attach The Haakaa, Why I Love the Haakaa, and Frequently Asked Questions.)
Tips/Tricks For Using The Haakaa Breast Pump
Relieve Sore Nipples
The first week of breastfeeding may be rough on your nipples, as they are toughening up for your breastfeeding journey. In addition to Lanolin Nipple Cream, to relieve sore nipples, fill a Haakaa with warm saline water and attach to your breast so that your nipple sits in the water.
Although, breastfeeding should not hurt. If it is painful, the first thing you should do is check the latch. The lips should be flanged, the nose resting on the upper breast, and the chin pressed against the underside of the breast. If you believe the latch to be okay, meet with a lactation specialist for further consultation.
Clearing A Clogged Milk Duct
If you have ever experienced a clogged milk duct, you know that you never want one again, as they can be painful. Although, if one does occur, you can use the Haakaa to help clear the clogged duct. Fill the Haakaa with warm water and a tablespoon of Epson Salt and attach to the affected breast. Since Epson Salt is an anti inflammatory it can help relieve a clogged milk duct.
No Electricity Needed
I adore the Haakaa for this specific reason! No having to lug around an electric breast pump with several different parts! Better yet, no having to wash several different parts!
You can also pump from absolutely anywhere! At work, in the car, at weddings, ball games, etc. And better yet, you can pump discreetly! No having to sit next to an outlet. Just toss a blanket over yourself and no one even has to know you are pumping. As there will be no wheezing noise coming out of your pump!
Use the Haakaa and a manual pump at the same time for a no electricity needed double breast pump!
Use A Hands Free Pumping Bra
Try using a hands free pumping bra, if you are having trouble keeping the Haakaa in place, from your little one kicking the pump off your breast. The bra will be sure to help keep the Haakaa in place, resulting in no more spilled milk!
Thank you for stopping by! If you believe the Haakaa to be a good fit for you, you can get it here! And for those of you that already have and love the Haakaa, I hope you were able to learn a few new tricks! If you have any questions, concerns, additional tips that I did not mention, I would love to hear them in the comments!
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