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  • Mom Says This Manual Breast Pump Helped Provide Colostrum For Her Newborn

    An item she casually packed in her hospital bag unexpectedly gave her peace of mind.
    by Grace Bautista .
Mom Says This Manual Breast Pump Helped Provide Colostrum For Her Newborn
PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rea Name
  • Once a woman finds out she’s expecting, the care, planning and preparations for the baby immediately begin. But no matter how much a mom tries to prepare for childbirth and the succeeding days, not everything will go according to plan, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    For Rea Name, a member of our Smart Parenting Village, these challenges were opportunities to prove her relentless love for her little one and find out just how much care her family is willing to give. It also led her to discover tools that can simplify a breastfeeding mom's life.

    Rea gave birth via Cesarean section (CS) in August 2020 at a hospital in Rizal. Because of the hospital's COVID-19 protocols, she was not able to room in with her baby, Lake, for the whole duration of their hospital stay.

    The new mom was determined to breasfeed her newborn and she was heartbroken that she could not do so. But there was a silver lining: She was able to pack her Haakaa breast pump in her hospital bag

    "I was able to express the colostrum my baby needed," Rea shares. "I sent the collected milk to the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) where my baby was staying. That gave me peace of mind."

    Rea with her Haakaa breast pump.
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rea Name
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    Colostrum is produced by a woman's body while she is pregnant and it is expressed through the breast as soon as the placenta detaches from the uterine wall, explains LATCH Los Banos lactation coach Armi Anastacio Baticados in a previous SmartParenting.com.ph article. As soon as a new mom gives birth, she already has colostrum and is ready to pass it on to her baby.

    According to Rea, she did not have a hard time expressing colostrum the first time she tried. Fortunately, there were no other complications, and she was able to pump milk every four to six hours without trouble. Mommy Rea and Lake were able to go home after three days.

    A solid support system to lean on

    Rea and her baby, Lake, at 1 month!
    PHOTO BY Courtesy of Rea Name

    Even while recovering from her CS delivery, motherhood and its responsibilities quickly became natural to Rea. It helped that she has a solid support system — her in-laws. "I am still on maternity leave and I get a lot of help from my in-laws. That's why my regular day consists of unli-latching my baby and making sure I am healthy," she shares.

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    The new mom gets to sleep in the morning, while her in-laws take care of her baby and bottlefeed her with milk from her stash. "I am usually awake [at night] since my baby gets up every 2 to 3 hours to feed," Rea adds.

    A handy tool that became an extension of her body

    Rea shares that she uses Haakaa every time she breastfeeds. “While my baby is latched on one breast, the Haakaa is collecting my letdown [on the other side]. I also use Haakaa every time my breast feels so engorged and needs to be [relieved] immediately,” she says.

    The mom adds, “I always make sure I have my Haakaa within reach, otherwise my milk will leak while I breastfeed. I also use it while I'm eating and doing other stuff. I use it so much that the whole household knows what Haakaa is!”

    Rea will soon go back to work, so her focus now is building a milk stash for her little one. "I put my collected milk in storage bags and label them by date and time. I now have about 20 bags since I started collecting two weeks ago," she shares.

    With her breast pump, Rea is able to collect 3 to 5 oz of milk per session. "I get a lot of milk during midnight feedings — about 5 oz,” she adds. “I use an electric pump when I am not in a hurry since it takes too long to set it up. So, I always recommend this [Haakaa] to my soon-to-be-mom friends."

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    She says, "It's a life saver! It's handy and easy to use, you could just pop it on your breast anytime, hands free!"

    How to use Haakaa for your breastfeeding concerns

    Did you know that the Haakaa breast pump can do more than express colostrum and collect letdown? Fans of Haakaa from different parts of the world say they are able to successfully use Haakaa to fix clogged milk ducts and relieve sore or cracked nipples. Here’s how:

    To unclog milk ducts

    1. Put one or two tablespoons of Epsom salt in your Haakaa pump. Fill it up with warm water enough to submerge your nipple when you attach the pump.
    2. Attach the Haakaa to your affected breast and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes.
    3. If the clog doesn’t go away at once, repeat this process several times throughout the day and gently massage your breast between tries.

    To relieve sore/cracked nipples

    1. Fill your Haakaa with warm salty water.
    2. Attach the pump to your breast and let your nipple sit in the warm water for a few minutes.

    Read how one mom was able to exclusively breastfeed from Singapore while her son was living in the Philippines here.

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