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You’ve probably heard of this fancy, yet simple little silicone breast pump otherwise known as the Haakaa. But have your heard of the SUPER GENIUS Haakaa trick to unclog a milk duct??
This little trick is one I’ve personally used when I briefly experienced the start of a clogged milk duct and let me tell you, IT WORKED…and it worked FAST!
The best part is, you hardly need any supplies (all of which you probably already have at home) so, you ready to bust that clog with your Haakaa breast pump?
What is the purpose of a Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump?
The Haakaa is a 100% food grade silicone breast pump designed to easily attach to your breast via suction to naturally (and easily) suction out your breast milk.
It’s most efficiently used when breastfeeding baby. You can suction the Haakaa silicone breast pump onto the opposing breast to catch your let down while also suctioning milk if you plan to only nurse baby on one side.
Another way to use this hand held breast pump is to use it AFTER breastfeeding. Some moms greatly benefit from hand expression if baby isn’t emptying the breast. You can suction the Haakaa to your breast(s) while massaging the backed up milk towards your nipple and into the Haakaa pump.
For help on how to use this nifty little silicone pump, the video below from youtube is very helpful is showing you how to set up and attach the Haakaa to your breast:
Unbelievable Haakaa trick to unclog a milk duct
As if this little travel friendly pump wasn’t already cool enough, this little trick will definitely leave you feeling relief AND thanking your precious silicone breast pump for days!
Step 1 – Fill your Haakaa Silicone Breast Pump with warm water
The trick is to fill your pump with enough water so that when it is attached to your breast, your nipple is submerged in the water. This is what is going to help draw out the clog AFTER you mix in the salt in the next step.
Step 2 – Mix in the salt
Mix in 1-2 tablespoons of epsom salt. The addition of the epsom salt will help actively draw out the clog in combination with suction.
Step 3 – [Latch] Attach your Haakaa Hand Pump to your breast
Once you have the water and epsom salt mixed, attach the Haakaa pump to your breast. Remember, nippled should be INSIDE of the water.
I also suggest massaging the affected breast BEFORE and DURING. Using a firm pressure to help push the clog towards and out of your nipple.
Other tips to help make this trick work for you:
- You can also try applying heat to your breast by covering it in a warm compress while you try this trick.
- You can try bending forward allowing gravity to help.
- Massaging with the LaVie handheld breast massager to really break up and loosen the clog.
Be sure to repeat this process 3 times a day for 10-15 minutes per affected breast. Don’t forget to also rinse off your breast with water after using this trick to make sure there’s no ‘salty’ taste that baby may not like.
How do I know if my milk duct is unclogged?
When using this trick, it’s pretty common to visually see the clog come out. This typically appears as a ‘thin-stringy’ band of milk that slithers out into the Haakaa salt water solution.
In addition, you should find that the tenderness, redness and pain you’ve been feeling from the clog should start to go away within 1-3 days after busting the clog.
If it doesn’t go away or worsens, you should contact your doctor or lactation consultant for advice.
How to store milk from Haakaa
Breast milk obtained from your Haakaa silicone pump should be stored like any other pumped milk. This means your freshly expressed breast milk can be refrigerated for up to 4 days or frozen for up to 12 months.
For more help on storing your breast milk, check out this post all about the proper ways to store and handle breast milk!
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