Hooray for Haakaa! How to Create a Breastmilk Stash With Ease Using The Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

Hooray for Haakaa! How to Create a Breastmilk Stash With Ease Using The Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump

 

If there is one product that we get asked about regularly here at Milkbar, it’s the game changing Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump. How to use it’, ‘when to use it’ and, ‘how to create a breast milk stash’ are questions that fill our inbox weekly.

Here, we answer all your questions so that you can start using your Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump quickly and easily. And when we say it’s a game changer of a product, we really mean it. You can check out the hundreds of reviews from happy milky mamasright here as well as mum-of-four Jades’ experience of creating her first breast milk stash below.

The Haakaa How-To

I don't leak, will the Haakaa work for me?

The Haakaa works for many mums who don't leak on the opposite breast when breastfeeding. Breastfeeding simultaneously when using the Haakaa helps with achieving let down as the Haakaa only provides gentle suction. 

Can I use the Haakaa even when I'm not breastfeeding bub on the opposite side?

While the Haakaa is designed to be used in conjunction with feeding, it can absolutely be used on its own. This is thanks to the gentle suction which stimulates your breast to let down. You can also use the Haakaa alongside an electric breast pump so that you end up with a double pump (and double the milk!). 

Will I need an electric breast pump if I have a Haakaa?

It really depends on what you are pumping for. If you need to pump large quantities of milk, regular express full feeds in a single session or are exclusively pumping then you’ll probably need to use your Haakaa in conjunction with an electric pump. If you’re just looking to build a breast milk stash, or pump every now and then, the Haakaa alone is ideal.

How do I build a breast milk stash?

Building a breast milk stash can be super useful, especially if you’d like to introduce a bottle to your bub. The thought of finding time to pump however can make it seem impossible. Fortunately, the Haakaa can help! By using the Haakaa when you’re already feeding your baby, you can begin collecting milk effortlessly. And all those millilitres add up! Some mums use their Haakaa each feed, others opt for the morning feeds (when they’re the most ‘full’) while others use it once or twice a day. Work out what suits you, your bub and your lifestyle best and take it from there (and check out how our real mama Jade built up an awesome stash below).

How do I store or combine breast milk if I use the Haakaa multiple times in the same day?

If you decide to use your Haakaa multiple times in the same day, you’ll probably be wondering the best way to store and/or combine your milk. The Australian Breastfeeding Association has the following helpful guidelines:

If you are planning on expressing multiple times within a 6-8 hour period, you can either keep your milk at room temperature and continually add to your sealed stash (you can seal your Haakaa with either the silicone breast pump flower stopper or silicone cap) OR you can refrigerate your expressed milk after each pumping session and then add more milk AFTER it has been cooled, this will usually mean that you’ll need multiple milk storage bags or bottles.

Depending on the temperature where you live, it may be easier to combine a couple of pumping sessions worth of your milk at room temperature before refrigerating or freezing.

How often should I use my Haakaa?

This is really up to you and depends if you are dealing with any other breastfeeding challenges and whether or not you need to build your supply. For first use, we recommend trying the Haakaa during the first feed of the day when you are feeling fuller. Some mums use the Haakaa during most feeds, others once a day and other occasionally. Work out what works best for you and follow that schedule.

Do you need to constantly squeeze/pump the Haakaa like other manual breast pumps?

No you don't need to provide a constant pumping action like a traditional manual breast pump. A couple of quick squeezes of the base can help to trigger a letdown however, or help if milk flow slows.

Will expressing with the Haakaa mean that my baby misses out on milk?

Breastfeeding your baby is obviously more important than building a stockpile of breast milk. We recommend monitoring nappy output to ensure that baby is hydrated and working with an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBLC) if you have any ongoing concerns. Listen to your baby and your body. For first time users you could try and collect 20ml and see how you and your baby, feel. 

I have engorgement, will the Haakaa increase my supply?

If you are experiencing engorgement it is important to drain the breast frequently to help avoid complications such as mastitis. Removing any breast milk from the body will trigger more breast milk to be produced. However until engorgement symptoms disappear it is important to drain the breast frequently for comfort and until any lumps have been removed. The Haakaa pump can help to relieve symptoms of engorgement and collect all that liquid gold. If you suspect you have mastitis or our experiencing flu like symptoms, please seek advice from your GP. 

Q: What is the difference between the Haakaa Gen 2 and Gen 3?

The Haakaa Generation 3 Pump features the same simple and effective design that you know and love, except now you can express directly into a detachable silicone bottle along with a range of other attachments. With a quick twist of the top, you can swap out your breast pump flange for any of our range of optional interchangeable attachments (each sold separately). We have a baby bottle lid to let you feed your little one expressed milk, a feeding spoon dispenser for when your baby moves on to solids, a sippy bottle top to help your independent toddler transition from a bottle to a cup and sealing discs to preserve any leftover food or milk after feeding.


Jade’s Review of the Haakaa Breast Pump

For the past two weeks I have been trialling the Haakaa, a manual breast pump made of 100% silicone. I have expressed daily, at different times of the day using the Haakaa. The reason I have done this at different times is to see the variation in the amount of milk I am able to collect.

Haakaa Breastmilk Stash

Day 1 – 10 minute expression @ 7am, 50ml 

Day 2 – 10 minute expression @ 6am, 50ml 

Day 3 – 10 minute expression @ 3pm, 30ml 

Day 4 – 10 minute expression @ 1pm, 30ml 

Day 5 – 15 minute expression @ 8pm, 30ml 

Day 6 – 15 minute expression @ 7am, 50ml 

Day 7 – 10 minute expression @ 7am, 50ml 

Day 8 – 10 minute expression @ 11am, 30ml 

Day 9 – 10 minute expression @ 6am, 40ml 

Day 10 – 5 minute expression @ 7am, 20ml 

Day 11 – 5 minute expression @ 12pm, 20ml 

Day 12 – 10 minute expression @ 8pm, 30ml 

Day 13 – 10 minute expression @ 7am, 50ml 

Day 14 – 10 minute expression @ 7am, 50ml 

530ml of breast milk from using the Haakaa on 1 side in 2 weeks!

I have found the Haakaa to be incredibly easy and very comfortable once I got the hang of it. I feed my son on one side and I catch the let down on the opposite side. I find this to be the best way to start expressing, as the oxytocin hormone is released when you snuggle or breastfeed your baby. 

I have been using the Haakaa once a day, whenever I could sneak a few minutes of quiet time with just Bobby and I. The reason I have tried to have quiet time is to try and connect with Bobby and really get that let down happening.

The milk that I have been able to collect, I have managed to store in my Unimom Breastmilk Storage Bags and placed them in the freezer. These bags are pre-sterilised and leak proof, which is perfect as I like to lay my bags flat until frozen then stand them upright for space saving.

The Haakaa is by far the best, most comfortable and easiest manual breast pump that I have come across. I highly recommend that every breastfeeding mum have one – compact, lightweight, silent, the Haakaa comes with me in my nappy bag because I never know when I’m going to need to whip it out and collect all that liquid gold.


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