Haakaa Pump Overview
The Haakaa Breast Pump is an alternative to using a manual or electric breast pump. The Haakaa is an inexpensive option for breastfeeding moms. The Haakaa is a silicone device that has a place to put your breast and you all you have to do is squeeze the bottom area, which applies a gentle suction that collects the expressed milk. The Haakaa is simple but so useful that I think all breastfeeding mothers should have one.
The Haakaa is also easy to clean and sanitize. The company recommends sanitizing the pump in a pot of boiling water for 2-3 minutes. But it is also dishwasher safe, so you can just throw it in the dishwasher to sanitize it. The Haakaa pump is make of 100% food-grade silicone, which makes it very soft and comfortable to use. The Haakaa only comes in one size, and works for most women. The beauty of the Haakaa is that it doesn’t require batteries and it doesn’t have any plugs or wires that you or your little one can get caught in. The Haakaa uses gentle suction to express milk and isn’t as aggressive as many conventional pumps. You can even use the Haakaa with one hand while holding your baby in the other. Many mothers actually use the Haakaa while nursing to collect milk on the breast not being nursed on by baby.
Pros & Cons
One size works for most
Pump is discrete
Easy to clean
You might not get the volume of breast milk you would from an electric breast pump.
It’s not hands-free
Features and Specs
When you order the Haakaa, you will get one small box. In the box will be the Haakaa pump which is completely made of silicone and clear. The top of the pump will fit your breast and the bottom is a collection cup which is marked in ounces (measured up to 4 oz. but you can fit more in). That’s it, plain and simple. Also, regular breast pumps can range hundreds of dollars where this one is very inexpensive. There are other knock off brands that you can find on amazon that are cheaper too!
There are also accessories you can buy with the Haakaa that can make it even easier to use. The accessories are a silicone suction cup for the bottom of the pump so when you put it on your coffee table it will stick to the surface and prevent spills, a stopper for the top so once it’s sanitized the stopper can be put in place to keep the inside clean—also to assist with reducing spills.
Experience Using the Haakaa
I have two wonderful children, and at one point, I had two under two! My first baby nursed very well and I had a great supply of breast milk. I wanted to exclusively breastfeed but I also wanted to have a tiny bit of freedom so I decided to also use a breast pump. I used a double electric pump at first, which produced a lot of expressed milk. The downside is all the parts that are included. Also, I live over an hour away from my parents so if my husband was driving, it was a perfect time to pump since our baby was safely in his car seat for that drive. The Haakaa was so easy to travel with and required basically no thought or preparation (other than cleaning the one piece). I built up quite a stash of breast milk just from using the Haakaa while I was nursing my baby, otherwise, I would leak from the other side and it would have be wasted if the Haakaa wasn’t on.
It only comes in one size but, you are able to place the pump on your breast and increase/decrease the pressure needed by simply squeezing the bottom of the pump. This can be done with one hand, while holding baby in your other arm. With other pumps you often have to be sized to see which flange will be comfortable.
Why we love it
Fast forward to my second baby, my sweet baby girl had some issues with latching and I ended up exclusively pumping. Meaning, every single bottle was pumped. Every precious ounce she drank was pumped and it was so exhausting. I had to bring a pump everywhere we went. I also had a toddler at this point so leisurely sitting down to pump for hours throughout the day were not happening. I was able to pump with the Haakaa because my body responded well to it. I could bottle feed, pump with the Haakaa and drink a coffee all while watching my toddler play. It took a very short time to sanitize and I was always able to throw it in my bag when we were going out. Total life-saver.
It’s also discreet- no need for a separate bag to carry this pump. You can throw it in your purse or diaper bag. You also don’t need batteries or a plug so it’s travel friendly—plus, it doesn’t make a pumping sound so it’s totally worry-free if you need to use it out in public. I use to have coffee with my friends and pump; they usually didn’t realize I was pumping.
Cleaning is super easy and sanitizing can be done in the dishwasher or in a small pot on the stove. When I used to sanitize my double electric pump I had to use the biggest pot I could find or resort to using multiple pots. Who has time for that!?
What Didn’t Work
A downfall was that it wasn’t hands free, and by that I mean I couldn’t wear a pumping bra and attach it and go on with whatever I was doing. I had to have a hand there to adjust the suction, and make sure my little one didn’t knock it off.
If I was trying to get a large volume of milk for a bottle I wasn’t able to pump as fast as the double pump because it only does one breast at a time, and it uses a constant suction rather than a pumping suction. The Haakaa doesn’t mimic how your baby would normally feed. However, you can manually change the suction by literally readjusting how much pressure you’re use so that is nice. But if you have a hungry baby, and need 4 oz. quickly, an electric pump is the way to go. I certainly don’t think that this would replace an electric pump for someone looking to exclusively pump feed.
Who should get this?
Any mama who is going to breastfeed should get this pump. The Haakaa is versatile and cost efficient so even if you end up rarely using it, it’s not going to break the bank. If you’re not planning to express milk at all, the Haakaa can be used to collect the excess milk that leaks from your other breast and it doesn’t go to waste. Expressed milk can also be stored in the freezer in case of an emergency.
This is a must-have product, unless you are strictly formula feeding. It will likely be an item I purchase for baby shower gifts. I am no longer using my Haakaa because I’m done breastfeeding but I did use it for two babies. I’ve passed my Haakaa along to a friend who is expecting. I have recommended it to friends and will continue to recommend and share my positive experience with it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Haakaa made of?
100% food grade silicone
How do I sterilize the Haakaa
In a pot of boiling water, or throw it in the dishwasher