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I have one word for the Haakaa – amazing! If you don’t know what a Haakaa is, it’s a silicon breast pump that you can either use as a single pump OR you can attach it to the breast that the baby is not feeding from to catch your letdown plus a little extra. I know moms that collect anywhere from 0.5 oz to filling the Haakaa from one side. You just attach the haakaa first, latch baby on the other side, and let the milk start flowing!
It’s great for so many different things:
- Exclusively breastfeeding moms can build up a little freezer supply for that rainy day
- I’ve used it at night when I get engorged and baby doesn’t empty the breast all the way (I’ve had mastitis from leaving one side too full, it’s not fun).
- It’s an easy travel pump that fits into your purse, doesn’t need to be plugged in, and is so simple to use without all the extra pump parts.
My lactation consultant recommended this to me and I love how easy it is to get a little extra milk during the night without having to go through the whole pump setup for my double electric.
Pro tip: there is a “better” way of putting it on than what it says on the website. Instead of just putting it up to your breast and squeezing the bottom, you will want to fold over the whole top flange so it is inside out. Then put up to your breast, squeeze the bottom just slightly, and then fold the top back over. Now you can let go of the base and it should be suctioned to your breast with milk starting to drip out.
There are a few different models being sold on amazon, so I will explain the benefits of each.
The first is the base model in the 4oz option. It is the cheapest of all Haakaa brands and it will work just fine for collecting milk. The main difference is that it doesn’t have a suction base to stick to the counter while you adjust baby so it can fall over a lot easier. I have the one with the base and one time it wasn’t suctioned down to the table and I knocked it over, spilling milk all over the carpet. Anyone who uses the phrase “never cry over spilt milk” has never had to pump, it was 2 am and I cried, a lot.
The second model is slightly more expensive, but has the suction base for stability. I personally would spend the extra to get this model, but that is totally up to you! This is also a 4 oz bottle.
The third option comes with a flower stopper that you can suction into the top opening to help prevent spills. This model comes in a cheaper version that does not have the suction base and is only 3 oz. The more expensive version has the suction base and can hold 5 oz.
3 oz model:
5 oz model:
The fourth option has a lid for travel and spill prevention.
Here is the first generation model, it does not have a base, and it holds 3 oz.
The second generation model comes with a base and holds 4 oz, but it is slightly more expensive.
I have gotten away with not having any kind of lid or the flower insert, but I always keep a bottle and lid with me to transfer the milk right after pumping, or if I ever fill the hakka too full before switching breasts.
I have the 4 oz version, but I have never filled it up past the 3 oz line. The top starts to narrow around the 3 oz line and it becomes very easy to spill when trying to move or reattach. For this reason, I would suggest getting the 4 or 5 oz bottles.
There are off-brand models of the hakka such as the naturebond or the bumblebee. I have not tried either of these brands, but they both have excellent ratings and you definitely get more bang for your buck. Each set comes with the silicon pump, a stopper, and a lid for a similar price to the base model hakka. I have posted the link to both of these below.
If you have any other similar brands or models, please comment below. I would love to hear your thoughts.
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