No Milk Left Behind

Breast milk is some kind of special; SO SO SO very special … I have recently gone back to work after 12 amazing weeks home with baby Benji and I am currently in the middle of the pumping struggle. All I can think about is how long will I be able to do this? Will I continue to make enough milk? How is this the last baby that I am ever going to nurse? Complete digression … Safe to say I am currently feeling all of the mom guilt and emotions.

I wanted to think a little outside of the box and try something different from the other two babies that I breastfed. This go round, I am working full time and will need a much larger freezer stash to make it through the year. When I was pregnant I had another mom recommend something called a Haaka. Not going to lie, I smiled and shook my head pretending to know what they were talking about. As soon as I was alone, I immediately googled it to see what all of the hype was about. It is just a manual breast pump, what could be so amazing? It is 2018, are moms still using manual breast pumps???

No Milk Left Behind

But let me tell you, this thing is amazing. So it is essentially just a silicone suction cup; an amazing silicone suction cup but still #basic. I pulled the Haaka out of the closet the week before I went back to work, and instantly regretted letting it sit unused for so long. The first week alone I collected about 16 oz of breast milk that would have otherwise been wasted. All I had to do was put the Haaka on the opposite side while I was nursing and it essentially collected my let down. I would get about 1-2 oz on each side.

We all know we like free stuff, and this was no different. It was like getting extra liquid gold with little to no effort. #soextra

Run, don’t walk … I suggest you get on Amazon and Prime yourself a Haaka for a whopping $13.99; you WILL NOT regret this decision because you will literally soak up every last drop of breast milk. This pump would make an amazing small add on to a baby shower gift or a gift for yourself.  Don’t forget that even seasoned moms can learn new tricks, I sure did.

Lauren is a native New Orleanian that was transplanted to Lafayette in 2008 by her husband of 11 years, Daniel. She has a B.S.N. from Louisiana State University – School of Nursing and a M.S.N. from the University of South Alabama. Her “paying gig” is as a Nurse Practitioner with a focus in Quality/Infection Prevention at a local hospital. Her other full-time gig is as keeper of her home and mom to William 7, Mary Kathryn 6, and Benjamine 2. Most of her days at home are spent picking up toys and socks off the floor so the family Bernese Mountain Dog, Tipper, does not demolish them. When she has a spare moment, she enjoys reading crime novels, playing board game with her kids, cooking and baking foods that are not on her diet, and finding any reason to celebrate by drinking her beloved champagne. To burn off a few calories and any leftover energy, the family enjoys walking or riding bikes on the shaded boulevard on which they live. Lauren has fallen in love with the people and city of Lafayette and is very proud to raise her family here and to now call it home.

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