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The HaaKaa Manual Breast Pump
Let’s start with learning that, your milk will transition from the colostrum stage to transitional milk to mature milk. This is important because you’ll want to know how to use the Haakaa effectively during these transitions. In the Breastfeeding course, I go into details about each of these stages and discuss supplementation. For today, I’m going to keep things at a higher level.
When your milk first “comes in” (the transition stage), you might experience engorgement. And you’re not alone, a lot of women do. Sometimes, it can make it difficult for baby’s to latch when your breast is so full and oftentimes hard from engorgement. Your baby has just gotten the hang of latching to your breast, then it goes and changes on them! Massaging your breast and using the HaaKaa prior to latching can help soften your breast and make it easier for your baby to latch. With the Haakaa, you attach it to your breast and do a bit of massage and passively collect some ounces to store! This technique has been really helpful for many mothers who’ve experienced engorgement during the first week postpartum while getting Baby to latch.
Next up, your milk is transitioning and really coming in. Your baby might not make it to both breasts at each feeding. You’re in the building stage of breast milk production and your baby’s stomach is expanding, you want to try to have stimulation and milk removal on both breasts at each feeding. Why? Because today your baby might not need to feed from both breasts, but tomorrow as their stomach is growing, they might! And you want to have the breast milk available for when they do.
Alright Mama, you’ve made it to the maintenance stage (usually 4 weeks postpartum) your baby may mostly feed on one side at each feeding, and that’s OK! You can use your HaaKaa to collect milk from the side you’re not feeding from and collect several ounces to store without ever having to use an electric pump.
The most important thing I want you to take away from this is that you have options. Talk to your lactation consultant and pediatric provider. Breastfeeding is not a one size fits all approach. If you want to learn more or chat with me, I’d invite you to schedule a consult or check out the Breastfeeding Course.
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