The haakaa, for those of you that don’t know, is a silicone milk catcher. All you do is suction it on to the opposite breast that baby isn’t nursing from and it catches the letdown!
I just started using mine today and I’m a bit unsure about it. Mainly just because I got my hopes up on how much I’d get with each use. I get about 1 oz. with each use. Other than that, I love it!
It doesn’t hurt to use. However, it is a bit of a struggle to keep on. I don’t know if it’s just of the size and shape of my chest or if it just takes practice. I’m trying to build up a supply to give to my friend who is struggling to produce enough for her baby, so this is a very easy way to collect milk. If you plan to only give a bottle on occasion, then the haakaa is great. You can save up a bit of milk for a bottle when needed. To boost the amount, I might try to manual pump after.
I wouldn’t suggest using only the haakaa if you are EP (exclusively pumping) since it only catches the foremilk. That could cause foremilk-hindmilk imbalance. The haakaa is just to make sure you aren’t wasting any milk that normally would just go into the nursing pad. There are many different brands that run for different prices. I got mine off of Wish for only $5. I suggest giving the haakaa a try!