HAAKAA BREAST PUMP INSTRUCTIONS

If you're a breastfeeding mama, the Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump is the perfect way little essential to incorporate into your nursing journey. 


If you haven't heard of the Haakaa Breast Pump, let us introduce you to the breast pump that mums all over the World have been raving about. 


The Haakaa breast pump is made from 100% medical grade silicone and provides an easy, eco friendly and effective pumping experience. Forget large, loud and complicated automatic pumps that cost hundreds and need to be pulled to pieces and cleaned thoroughly every time you use them - the the Haakaa pump will change your life!  Its compact size fits perfectly into any handbag or baby bag and requires no hard work to use. 


The Haakaa Breast Pump is perfect for long-distance trips, planes, car rides, family BBQs or anywhere you would like to express discreetly, silently and quickly. Just place over your breast and let the pump do the work for you as it draws your milk using suction. It's 100% eco-friendly and is safe for mum, baby and our environment.


HOW DOES THE HAAKAA WORK?

All you need to do is simply suction to your breast and let the pump do the work for you as it draws your milk using suction. You can squeeze the bottom part of the pump to encourage flow without loosening the suction at the top. No electric parts also means that there's no whirring sound of an electric pump that may disturb your sleeping baby or partner. 


The beauty of the Haakaa pump is that you can use it in conjunction when nursing - simply attach it to the other breast to catch the letdown which would otherwise be lost in a nursing pad. 

HOW TO USE THE HAAKAA BREAST PUMP

Before you use your Haakaa, sterilise it by placing it in boiling water for 2-3 minutes or steam sterilising.  Once it has cooled down, you are ready to attach the Haakaa to your breast.   


Make sure you wipe your breast to remove any moisturiser and to clean the skin.


METHOD 1 - Attach directly


This is the simplest way to attach your Haakaa pump


1) Squeeze the round body of the pump and place your nipple into the centre of the pump.  Make sure your nipple is centred comfortably, as its important not to let your nipple touch the silicone, to avoid friction.  


2) Once you are happy with the position, gently release the pump, ensuring you have a good seal between the flange and the skin around the nipple, creating a suction. 


3) Once milk behind to flow, simply leave the pump alone to do its thing!


4) Once the flow of milk slows, or you've expressed your desired amount, simply stick the suction base on a flat surface while you finish your feeding or redress.


5) If your pump is full and you wish to keep collecting milk, empty your breastmilk into a safe storage container and reposition the pump.


METHOD 2 - Increased suction


Many mums find this method the most effective to get good suction:


1)  For more suction, fold back the flange, squeeze the round body and then place the centre of the pump neck over your nipple.  Once nipple is centred comfortably in the neck of the flange, you can fold the flange back over the breast.  


Continue to follow points 3 to 5.  


For more video tutorials, head over to Instagram @haakaa.me and click on IGTV for a series of "How To" videos. 

WHICH HAAKAA PUMP IS BEST FOR ME?

You may have seen that we have THREE generations of Haakaa Pumps plus a Milk Collector.  Each has its advantages, but how you can be sure which one is right for you?  Don't worry, we're happy to break it down for you and hopefully make your choice an easy one!  First, let's go through each of them:


First Generation - The Original Haakaa!  It started at 90ml capacity which we have increased to 100ml, compact and ready to use at a moment's notice.


Second Generation - we added a suction base to prevent spills. Comes in two sizes - 100ml and 150ml.


Third Generation - we took it to a whole other level!  Not only is this pump our most powerful, but it also allows you to pump directly into the bottle! Simply twist off the pump flange and replace it with a bottle nipple. You can also buy it in a system pack which includes attachments such as sealing disk for storing milk, a sippy spout to convert the bottle into a sipply cup, and a spoon feeder for a mess-free solution to first tastes! The Gen 3 grows with your baby's needs!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Is the Haakaa only for catching letdown? 

The Haakaa has gained a bit of a cult following due to its amazing ability to catch letdown - precious milk that would otherwise be wasted in a breast pad. You can rest assured that your Haakaa will never let you down when it comes to letdown. But is that its only function? Absolutely not! Can you use your Haakaa in the same way you would any other breast pump? Definately. As long as there is milk in your breasts, the continuous suction of your Haakaa pump will draw it out - not JUST during your letdown.

Will the Haakaa change my supply? 

Again, lots of variables. It really depends how you're using it. When you're just using it to catch your letdown, it's still using strong continuous suction so it likely will draw out more than just the milk that would have come out from your letdown anyway. You'll know by how much milk you're getting. If you were purely getting letdown, it wouldn't affect your supply by much, but beyond that - it will increase your supply. Breastmilk works on supply and demand, the more you take, the more your body makes. And that's the same for any kind of breast pump.

What if my Haakaa hurts?

Make sure that your nipple is not touching the silicone at all, because if it does, it may hurt. This is especially true if you are pumping to rest your nipples that are sore from nursing. Avoid putting them under any unnecessary pressure.


Haakaa's way of pumping milk is different from regular manual or electric pumps which press and release repeatedly. With the Haakaa, the suction is continuous so you need to check it is attached comfortably and adjust it if not.  

How do I clean my Haakaa? 

Although your Haakaa silicone products can go into the dishwasher, we recommend hand washing with hot, soapy water.  This will avoid the silicone from going cloudy.  We recommend using the Haakaa Silicone Bottle Brush for cleaning your Haakaa pump and all other baby items.   


To sterilise, place your Haakaa in boiling in water for 2-3 minutes, or by use of steam steriliser.  


We strongly recommend not using any bleach-based agents or sterilising tablets to clean your Haakaa products as it can affect the clarity of your product. Although your products might become cloudy after using detergent to wash them, silicone does not leach and it is still completely safe to use. If you are still concerned, you can sterilise your pump again by boiling in water, just to be safe!

Can I use a UV steriliser for silicone? 

The easiest and simplest way to sterilise silicone is to simply boil in water for 2-3 minutes. If you use a UV steriliser, you may end up reducing the lifespan of your product which can eventually cause the silicone to become sticky and unusable over time. For these reasons, we do not advise using UV sterilisers for your Haakaa silicone products.

I accidentally used a bleach-based detergent for my products! Is it still safe to use?

Bleach-based cleaners can reduce the lifespan of your silicone products and cause them to become sticky and unusable. If your products still look and feel fine after briefly coming in contact with a bleach-based cleaner, then they are still safe for you to use. If you feel unsure, you can always sterilise your products by boiling in water for 2-3 minutes.

Why is my Haakaa cloudy?

Silicone is an absorbent material and can absorb the colours and smells of substances it comes in contact with. Although your silicone products can go in the dishwasher, we recommend hand washing with hot, soapy water. To sterilise, we recommend boiling in water for 2-3 minutes of using a steam steriliser.


We strongly recommend not using any bleach-based agents or sterilising tablets to clean your Haakaa products as it can affect the clarity of your product. Although your products might become cloudy after using detergent to wash them, silicone does not leach and it is still completely safe to use. If you are still concerned, you can sterilise your pump again by boiling in water, just to be safe!


Some mums have said that boiling the pump in water with a touch of white vinegar can help improve the clarity of the pump, so you may wish to give this a go.

Why has my pump lost its suction?

Have you tried a stronger suction? Sometimes, when our bodies are constantly changing after the birth of our babies, the suction strength needed changes as well.

When attaching, do you fold the flange back, squeeze the bottom of the pump, centre it onto your nipple, unfold the flange and release? This is the most effective way of attaching. The more you squeeze the bottom of the pump, the stronger the suction will be.

Another tip would be to assist your breast by holding or cupping it in one hand while attaching the pump in the other so you can really get a centre onto your breast and allow the pump to grasp a bigger area. 

If you find none of these tips work and it still won't suction on properly, it may be that the silicone material has worn and lost its suction. Sometimes this can happen depending how often it is used and sterilised, as well as the method of how it's washed and sterilised – the more you sterilise your pump, the faster it will lose its suction. Some mums find they need to replace their pumps after a few months while others have theirs for years. It really differs for each person based on each of those factors!


If none of the questions above match what you would like to ask, please send us an email to hello@haakaa.me or message us through our social media channels on Instagram.  

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