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I prefer using Haakaa compared to the conventional pump because:
- You don’t need to allocate separate time to pump. You get the milk while nursing
- Simple preparation and cleaning. Unlike regular pump whereby you need to set up the bottle, flanges, connect to the tubings and turn on the pump (and adjust the setting some more), using Haakaa is super duper easy. Just ‘latch’ it to your non-nursing breast, and that’s it. Switch side when your baby wants the other side.
- Unlikely to create oversupply. The ‘not-so-nice’ thing about pumping regularly is you can get oversupply pretty easily. And that means, welcome to clogged ducts and all those breast discomfort. I hate clogged ducts! With Haakaa, it just collects the milk that flows with the letdown, but not requesting more than that.
- Get let-down easily. Some moms take longer to get let-down when pumping with a regular breast pump. When you use Haakaa, your baby stimulates let-down for you (and naturally it is easier to get let-down with the baby’s suckling). I just proved this recently. I was power pumping for 2×10 mins and barely get any let-down. I only got less than 10 ml in those 20 mins. About 15 mins later, my baby nursed and I used Haakaa on the other side. Guess what. In just 5 minutes, I got 20 ml easily from just one side. Whoa.. Of course, don’t expect to get 4 oz in one nursing session like those moms who leak and produce a lot of milk in one go. But for extra 2 oz daily, I’ll happily take it.
A few tips on using Haakaa to maximize the amount of milk that you get:
- Utilize the golden hour of milk production. That means, past midnight to early morning is a great time to get more milk with Haakaa. I usually nurse 2-3x to get 2-3oz combined. You can still use Haakaa outside this time window, but expect to get less milk, probably 10 ml the most.
- Invest in the flower stopper to avoid spilling. Although Haakaa comes with a yellow lid, bear in mind this lid is not leak proof. To avoid spilling, flower stopper is a must, especially if you are in sleepy state. Just to share, I spilled my milk a few times because I was too sleepy (either the Haakaa slipped out from my hand – I was nursing in craddle position), or I put Haakaa on my bed side and it got kicked by my elder daughter, lol.
- Do some trial and error to find the best position to ‘latch’ your Haakaa (especially with older babies). If it is latched without enough suction, you won’t get a lot of milk. Too much pressure is also no good, because it can be painful. Usually, once I latch my baby and Haakaa, I wait until my milk lets down and check if the milk drips in the Haakaa side. After that, you can go to half-asleep mode =D.
- Notice your baby’s longest sleep window. My baby has one 3-4-hour sleep stretch, and this is when I collect a lot of milk with Haakaa.
- Put Haakaa in your productive boob. Usually, I will latch my baby on my slacker boob first, so I collect more with Haakaa. After that, I let my baby finish up the remaining milk in the productive boob while I put Haakaa on my slacker boob (sometimes I still get some milk, sometimes not). Note: a reader reported after using this tip, her baby’s growth plummeted. So please monitor your baby’s behavior when trying to collect milk with Haakaa. If s/he is much fussier than usual, you can switch technique by only using Haakaa in the boobs that s/he has nursed.