We’ve all had that experience where we come across some really cool product but only after it’s useful to us. That happens to me all the time with kid and baby products, such as when I discovered the Kiinde breast milk storage system! Lucky me, I keep getting new nieces and nephews so I can buy those things as gifts for them, instead.
Whether you’re breastfeeding or exclusively pumping, there are some really awesome products out there! Unfortunately, many of them aren’t widely advertised or sold. I know I’m on my third lactating experience and I’m still finding new products to make it easier/better.
Related Post: Where to Donate or Sell Breast MilkSo, fear not, you don’t have to wish someone told you about that cool, unique product. I’m going to do just that right now!
1. Freemies—Pump on the Go
Freemies are a unique breast milk collection system. They are hands free and concealable. The cups go in your bra and the system is set up to work with a variety of breast pumps and can be hacked to work with others. Some women have reported trouble maintaining supply with the Freemies or taking longer to empty, while others just can’t stop raving about how they’re the best product they ever found!
2. Haakaa—An Improved Hand Pump Design
The Haakaa is a manual breast pump, by definition, but really it’s something different. You squeeze the body of the Haakaa to form suction on your breast. You can choose to ‘pump’ it if you want, but I think the Haakaa is ingenious for other reasons.
Because of the suction many women have had success with using the Haakaa to suction to their breast and catch milk from one breast while nursing from the other. Also, pumpers have utilized the Haakaa lying down and in bed. Don’t try the knock offs. They don’t compare to this awesome device and aren’t worth the minimal money saved.
3. Milkies Milk-Saver—Wearable Breast Milk Catchers
The Milkies Milk-Saver is a unique way to avoid wasting or losing breast milk, because we all know every drop counts. You wear the Milk-Saver and it collects any milk you have from leakage. It can be used on one breast while you’re nursing on the other or you might even buy two of these bad boys to wear when you might be going a little extra time between pumping. Although they claim to be discreet, the general consensus is that they’re a little bulky for continuous wear.
Have you tried any of these products? Do you know of some other super cool, not mainstream product you wish everyone knew about? Tell me in the comments below!