You may have heard two different concepts about the Haakaa Pump and its main function:
1. Haakaa isn’t a pump – it’s for catching let-down.
2. Haakaa is a pump + may cause an oversupply.
𝗦𝗼 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁'𝘀 𝗰𝗼𝗿𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁?
Both - but it’s down to how you use it! We designed the Haakaa both as a pump AND a tool to save your let-down and our feedback from mums worldwide tells us it’s effective for both functions.
𝗖𝗮𝘁𝗰𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗹𝗲𝘁-𝗱𝗼𝘄𝗻 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗛𝗮𝗮𝗸𝗮𝗮
Simply use with little to no suction (use a pumping bra to keep it in place) for couple of mins to catch let-down, then remove.
𝗣𝘂𝗺𝗽𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗛𝗮𝗮𝗸𝗮𝗮
Use the flip technique and squeeze out air from the centre of the pump before applying – a harder squeeze = stronger suction. Squeeze + release a few times at the start if you need. You can also re-attach if suction eases.
𝗛𝗮𝗮𝗸𝗮𝗮 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝘀𝘂𝗽𝗽𝗹𝘆
Breast milk works on supply and demand so like any pumping method, the Haakaa’s suction does extract milk which may increase your supply. It’s not the Haakaa – or any other pump – that directly causes an over supply, it’s how you use it. Always chat with an LC for any supply issues.
To increase supply, you need to extract more milk – feed or pump more often. You can pop your Haakaa on each breast after a feed to signal to your body to make more milk. It will take time to build up your supply, Mama!
To decrease your supply, pump less, with less suction. It’s important to slowly decrease the length of time pumping by a few mins every few days, or try block feeding. Decreasing too fast can lead to engorgement, clogged ducts and potential mastitis. BUT if you are feeling full, you can apply the Haakaa to relieve some pressure.
We hope this post will help with some of the misinformation out there. Thanks for your support ❤️
This blog was written and reviewed by Aliza Carr (Midwife & Perinatal Mental Health Specialist) from @bumpnbub and Courtney Garland (RN & IBCLC) from @mamalinc. Follow them for more educational content on birth, bubs, breastfeeding and more!
Originally posted 26 June 2023 on Instagram.