Originally published 9 March 2017
Haakaa Breast Pump Review
Milkbar Breastpumps recently sent me a Haakaa Breast Pump to review! I was really excited about doing this review, because it’s a breast pump I have actually had my eye on for a while. It’s just so interesting looking. I’ve been seriously curious about getting one and having a go.
Unfortunately I’m not actually breastfeeding anymore! So I’m gutted that I don’t actually get to try it out myself! Though I did have a little play with it and – I did attach it to my chest just to see what would happen. And by chest I mean my chest. Not my breast. So don’t be afraid to watch the video, it’s just a bit of fun.
Hands Free Pumping
Yep, that’s right. It’s a hands free manual pump. It just suctions on and then your breast does all the work. The big appeal of hands free pumping is you can pmp on one breast while nursing on the other. Either to catch milk if you tend to leak while nursing, or if you’re like me and you can only effectively pump while there’s a baby attached. Otherwise I would struggle to get a let down with a breast pump alone.
All One Piece
There’s no bits and pieces to get lost. The breast pump itself is just one piece of silicon. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve lost bits of my Avent breast pump. I spent way too much time digging around in my kitchen looking for missing pieces. With the Haakaa Breast Pump there is nothing to lose other than the lid – though the pump will still work perfectly fine without it.
Also, because it is just one piece it’s super easy to clean.
Perfect For Travel
So another BIG reason I wish I’d had this little pocket rocket of a breast pump is for travelling. The Haakaa breast pump is small, light and flexible – so it’s easy to chuck into your handbag or luggage! And you’re not going to lose any parts in transit. Unless you lose the whole pump. Which would be really unfortunate.
Excellent Value For Money
It’s such an inexpensive breast pump. You can easily spend hundreds of dollars on a breast pump, but the Haakaa costs around $30. Which is an awesome price! One thing to be aware of is there are similar looking knock offs online which sell for much cheaper, but they’re not going to be made from the same quality materials. It’s well worth buying your Haakaa Breast Pump from a reputable seller like Milkbar Breastpumps (who sent me this pump, so I can tell you they stock the real thing.)
The Hands-On Review
So, obviously I wasn’t able to properly review the pump myself, I did manage to enlist the help of a friend who already has one! And she very generously shared her experience with me!
What is the best thing about using a Haakaa breast pump?
Best thing – it’s hands free. You can use it on the other side while feeding and that saves you some time pumping when you could be doing something else – eg. sleeping!
How does it compare to more conventional breast pumps you’ve used?
It’s difficult to compare, because for me it’s really just a let down catcher. With my Spectra I can actively pump out a whole feed if I need to, but with the Haakaa I can collect a whole feed, but it might take a whole day of feeds. I usually add my Haakaa milk to whatever I have pumped!
Are there any drawbacks or anything you don’t like about it?
Drawbacks – for what it is, it’s excellent. I wouldn’t buy one in place of a regular electric pump if I needed to pump, but it’s an excellent complement to the pump I have and was totally invaluable in the early days of engorgement, because it caught so much milk that would’ve otherwise been wasted!
Would you recommend it to a friend?
Yes I would (and have) recommend it to a friend. Or even give it as a baby shower gift.
And other feedback or advice that might be helpful to new mums choosing this breast pump?
I would recommend anyone who knows they’ll need to pump regular, full feeds, to use it in addition to their regular breast pump. 30mls caught while bub is feeding 4x a day is pretty much a whole feed you haven’t had to actively work for!