You all know that I’ve recently gone back to work and rather suddenly. One of the side effects of this is working out how to make sure Bella is still fed. Since I’d prefer her to stay on breast milk that means I need to express it for her. Since my old mendala manual pump got pulled apart at some stage by the middletons (Blake and Dani) I needed a new breast pump. By some miracle of luck I managed to purchase a HaaKaa Silicone Breast Pump through Cruisy Baby just before the entire of New Zealand stores had run out! Don’t worry, new stock is coming in very shortly.
About The Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump
This cute little pump is made of 100% feed grade silicone, is BPA free, travel friendly, and very, very, easy to use! It’s all one piece so you just need to hold it up to the breast you want to pump from, secure so no air can get through and squeeze where the line is in a kind of pumping/rolling motion until the breast releases a let down flow. It doesn’t hurt the breast while you are doing this and the design makes it suitable to fit any breast size. It holds 100 ml at a time and best of all it is the most affordable priced pump I have seen on the market at between NZD25-29 depending on the retailer you purchase from!
I purchased this particular breast pump on the recommendation of another mummy blogger, Jordan from With The Whittakers, who is in Bella’s Due September 2015 group. Jordan recently did her own review of this pump.
It is easy to use although I found it easiest to use when I am at my most fullest so when I come home from work or when I wake up in the morning and only fed from one side the entire night. I also found this pump handy to collect the let down that occurs in the breast opposite to the one I was feeding from.
For me, this pump is perfect since I only need to pump enough milk to cover a 3-6 hour shift a day but I’m not sure this pump would hold up for someone who needs to pump enough milk for a full work day. Although it would be handy enough to take to work and express with during your breaks. You just need to make sure you have a suitable storage container to store the milk in afterwards.
My Tips To Make Expressing Easier
Express during your fullest times of the day. This would generally be any time that you haven’t fed from that side in a reasonable length of time like a long nap or first thing in the morning.
Express after a nice warm/hot shower.
Espress from one side while feeding in the other. The act of feeding baby activates the let down in the other breast and this particular pump makes catching that flow easy with only one hand.
Express while looking at your baby, either physically or at photos or video footage of baby. If you can bear it, baby’s hunger cry can help with releasing the letdown flow.
Massage the breast area, particularly around the areola. This can also help encourage the milk the milk to flow easier.
Drink plenty of water and milk. Expressing, like breastfeeding can be thirsty work and both fluids will help with the milk production.
This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. I am not affiliated with Haakaa or Cruisy Baby in any way except as a customer who is happy with my purchase.