I was recently contacted by Haakaa, who asked me if I’d like to try out their new breast pump and of course I jumped at the chance! I have been using a manual and an electric pump on and off, and with either struggling to find the time to express or having all the faffing of making sure each part is working and connected, the Haakaa pump was just the tool I needed.
A little bit about Haakaa taken from their website;
“Haakaa is a 100% family owned and New Zealand run company. The message behind our brand is a strong and passionate one and it is what drives us everyday to do what we do. Haakaa was developed through our struggle to find non-toxic and safe products for my little sister Courtney. Today haakaa has an exciting range all made using environmentally friendly and safe raw materials such as stainless steel, glass, bamboo, and natural rubber. All haakaa products are designed and tested in New Zealand, Manufactured in selected advanced international factories under strict quality controls and successfully tested against the worlds highest safety standards (such as European EN14350 and US FDA).”
Of course, the breastfeeding community have been absolutely ‘buzzing’ about the up and coming breast pump and the excitement of it being launched in the UK has been crazy. This is really something I couldn’t not tell you all about!
The pump itself is just one unit. Whereas a lot of other breast pumps currently on the market are systems, this is simply one piece of equipment. It is solid and feels quite thick, so no worries of it feeling too ‘flimsy’ or worrying what do you do when you’ve finished using it but bubba is still feeding and you’re stuck to the sofa (don’t worry, I understand your pain!) The pump itself is made from 100% medical grade silicone, is FDA approved and BPA, PVC and Phthalate free (so no nasties or worries of chemicals in there). As you can see, the pump is made up of a ‘bulb’ and a ‘head’. The bulb is where the milk is collected and the head is the part that attaches onto your breast.
It’s clear in appearance meaning you’re able to see exactly what your milk looks like and how much is going into the bulb. There are also very clear volume markings along the long side, again, so you can see how much milk you’ve managed to express. One thing I will point out is that the bulb of the pump only holds up to 100ml (4oz) of liquid, so if you’re a bit like Daisy the Cow and have absolutely no problem producing larger quantities of milk when expressing, you may find you need to master being able to empty the milk before you can reattach and express some more. The pump itself is quite petite in size, making it the handiest little piece of equipment to pop in your bag so you can take it wherever you go. It won’t take up much room at all making it the perfect travel friendly pump.
Using the Pump
Before I used the pump, (I read the instructions of course!) I washed the pump in warm soapy water and left to dry so it was ready for use.
I tried it once, creating a small vacuum with the pump by squeezing the bulb slightly and attaching straight onto my breast (on the opposite side to the one Logan was feeding from). It took less than a minute to feel my ‘letdown’ but the vacuum from the pump definitely encouraged the milk to begin flowing. Once the milk started to flow, I felt confident that I could let go of the pump and leave it to do it’s thing. This meant I could do some multitasking (and we all know how much we love to multi task right mummies?)
The leaflet with the pump advises that you leave the pump in place until your milk totally stops flowing, which essentially could take anywhere from 10 to 45 minutes (make sure you have a cuppa and a biscuit or two, you may be sat there a while haha). From the first time of using it, my milk stopped flowing after approximately 10 minutes and I had produced around 2oz.
I decided to try it on the opposite side after around 20mins to see if I could express any more (also Logan wanted another feed which I was more than happy with as it meant I could try the pump again). This time, I squeezed the bulb and attached it to my breast (as before) and I just left it, no fiddling or reattaching etc. After around half an hour, I’d managed to express approximately 4oz. Nothing amazing compared to the results some ladies I’ve seen produce, however, it’s good for me & all fab for storing to feed Logan with.
I transferred the contents to a Lansinoh breast milk storage bag. I’d almost filled the bulb of the pump but when transferred, I had just under 4oz. Absolutely fine though, it’s all good for use. I noticed that the milk from this session looked creamier than the first and more like what a ‘normal’ pumping session produces. Definitely happy with this and means I’ll have no issues feeding Logan with it 🙂
Firstly, I’ll mention a couple of slight negatives I’ve found with the Haakaa pump (sorry to be a bore but I just want to be honest with you). I found that as the pump becomes more full, it loses suction a little bit. As it was filling up and reached the 3 quarter full point, I had to re adjust it and hold it in place a little as it just wouldn’t stay attached, but I guess that’s to be expected with anything that is designed in a similar way.
A few people have mentioned about the measurements being slightly off, however, the only difference I’ve found is approximately 5mls of fluid difference. The highest measurement on the pump being 4oz and when transferred to a milk storage bag, I had just short of 4oz. To me, this isn’t an issue at all but I can see how it could affect people who need a particular amount to leave while they’re at work or away from baby.
Overall, I really do like this pump. With regular use, I think we could become the best of friends (saddo). It’s super easy to clean and sterilise, no brushes needed or struggling to reach any crevices at all. It didn’t lose shape or alter in any way from the method of cleaning and sterilising I used which is always a good thing! Also love that there’s no fiddling and messing involved or bits to keep together when I transfer the sterile equipment to a separate container.
The pump can be taken literally anywhere as it fits so nicely in our changing bag. If you’re ever worried about it staying clean and sterile, you could always pop it in a zip lock bag and it’ll stay nice and clean and tidy and you won’t have to worry about any impromptu expressing that might be needed. I definitely won’t be worried about taking it out and about, or even to work when I return as it can easily fit in my bag, and I won’t feel the slightest bit nervous of getting it out to use whilst sat in my car ha!
With there being so little fiddling around to set up etc, I know that I can use it at most feeds to catch milk from the opposite side and build up a stash of breast milk for Logan very quickly (this makes me super happy knowing he will have plenty of milk for me to leave him with daddy whilst I’m at work or having some time for me (what even is that?!).
The pump is so easy to use and not fiddly in the slightest, simply just pop it on the opposite breast when feeding your child and let it do it’s magic. One thing that helped (I forgot to mention before, sorry) was a warm cloth and massaging my breast with it whilst pumping. I found this encouraged let down and also kept it stimulated and the milk flowing. If you’re worried about milk spilling out of the pump, you can also purchase a lid for it from the Haakaa site.
The Haakaa pump is available to purchase from the Haakaa site HERE or Amazon HERE for just £16.10 (no I’m not kidding & yes you have probably spent a lot more than that on the pump you’re currently using).
Here are Haakaa’s social media links for you to find out more information on the pump and other products they produce (I definitely have my eye on a few, highly recommend checking them out)
For Facebook click HERE
For Instagram, click HERE
Please do let me know if you try out the Haakaa breastpump and leave a link or your review, I’d love to see what you thought of it.
*Disclaimer: the Haakaa silicone breast pump was sent to me for review. All views and opinions are my own and are not influenced by any person or by Haakaa themselves.