This lovely little pump arrived with me recently. I have seen this pump raved about on many of the breastfeeding support groups I am part of, so I’m glad I have had the chance to try it myself.
First impressions were that the Haakaa was smaller than I expected but that’s certainly not a down side, it’s a great size to just pop in your bag or hold in your hand. It’s a basic pump but the simplicity is great. It’s easy to use, not bulky at all and doesn’t make any noise when in use!
“Perfect for traveling.
Especially soft and comfortable – made from 100% medical grade silicone.
Fits perfectly into any handbag or baby bag.
Dishwasher safe – also can be sterilised and left to sit in boiling water.
Easy to use, easy to clean.
BPA, PVC and Phthalate free.
Compatible with all Haakaa wild neck bottles.
No cords, batteries or assembly required. “
The pump works without a pumping motion as such, you create a suction on the breast and the milk should begin to flow. I couldn’t wait to give it a go, so popped it on while Little was feeding off the other side. The pump caught my let down and I got just over 1oz of milk!
Over the last few weeks I have been using the pump more and more, im really liking it. The amounts I manage to express vary from small to almost filling the pump completely. The Haakaa has a one piece design as you can see from my pictures, where the milk is collected in the ‘bottle’ part of the pump. (I only call it this, because it looks similar to a bottle shape!)
One slight negative I would like to mention is that ive found the measurements are slightly out. I would class this as a very minor issue as I would say it’s around 10ml out. I rarely transfer the milk over to a bottle, but the time I did the Haakaa measured almost 1.5oz but the bottle I used measured the milk at 1oz. This isn’t really an issue for us as Little doesn’t really drink expressed milk as I haven’t yet returned to work . I use the expressed milk on his porridge in the mornings so we only really need around 1oz per day. Sometimes I have found that when it is getting a bit full it starts to weigh down, and can lose suction from the breast, but I felt this starting to happen and repositioned the pump, and luckily avoided crying over spilt milk! This was to be expected though due to gravity and probably the fact I was wandering round the house with it on!
Not sure if you can quite see, but I have tried to photograph the very slight difference in measurements. Haakaa pump showing 1.5oz and bottle showing 1oz.
So ill round-up with my overall thoughts:
For someone who has never used a breast pump before I adore this product, I have always hand expressed milk for Mr Little. The Haakaa is so easy to use. Just suction on and go. It works best for some when using it while feeding, but I haven’t noticed a difference in results personally. I love how portable the design is, it would fit in your handbag if you needed to be away from baby. I would recommend this product to all my breastfeeding friends. I use the pump most mornings as its so easy and convenient . I would recommend this product to all breastfeeding women, especially those who do not need to express very regularly but do want to express without the expense of an electric pump. The price is fabulous and worth every penny.
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Disclaimer: I was kindly sent this product for review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.