Haakaa’s Ladybug is designed to help you collect your breast milk leakage and let-down during the day as you’re on-the-move. It attaches to your breast and sits in your bra, using gentle suction to maximise the amount of breast milk leakage it collects. Instead of letting your liquid gold go to waste in nursing pads, our little Ladybug makes sure every drop is saved!
The Ladybug Milk Collector is simply that – a milk collector. It collects your let-down as you get on with your day – unlike our silicone pumps, which generate continuous suction that draws out your milk.
The Haakaa pump is designed to help you express milk, while the Ladybug is simply a tool to collect the milk that you naturally happen to produce during the day. The suction the Ladybug produces is not strong enough to help you express milk on its own.
According to the breastfeeding guidelines of New Zealand and other international organisations, breast milk can only be safely kept at room temperature for up to four hours maximum. We recommend that you wear your Milk Collector for no longer than 4 hours at once, to ensure that the milk you collect does not become unsafe.
If you need to wear your Ladybug for longer stretches of time, you can simply empty your milk into a safe storage container after 2-3 hours of wear and store away in the fridge or freezer. Then wash your collector with warm soapy water, dry thoroughly and wear again. Repeat periodically as needed.
The Ladybug is not visible under clothes. That’s because it features a one-piece design made of super soft and flexible food grade silicone, allowing you to tuck it discreetly into your bra with no awkward lumps or bulges!
To attach the Ladybug, lightly press the back, centre the opening over your nipple, attach onto your breast and release your grip. Watch the below video for more guidance:
Because the Ladybug is only meant to be used as a collector, and not as an expressing device, you may find that you do not get as much milk as you had hoped. It doesn’t mean that the Ladybug you’ve received is faulty or dysfunctional. It simply means that you may not produce a lot of breast milk leakage during the day – and that’s completely okay! Every body is different.
You can store the milk you collect during the day into the same bottle – just make sure the milk is cooled before adding it to the milk you’ve already stored away. For further information, please see the guidelines by your country’s health organisation on storing breast milk into the same container.
You can sleep with the Ladybug on to prevent leaks and stains from getting on your clothes and sheets. Please bear in mind that any breast milk collected overnight cannot be stored at room temperature for more than 4 hours. If you sleep with your Ladybug on overnight (longer than 4 hours) then the breast milk you collect in the morning will not be safe for your baby.
This has absolutely nothing to do with your breast size - it’s all related to the amount of let down you experience.
We have three sizes for you to choose from 40, 75 and 150ml. Our Ladybug is designed to be a breast pad alternative, sitting securely in your bra. You can choose to wear it with light suction or without suction (top plug open). So, instead of letting your precious milk soak up in a breast pad, Ladybugs can help you save every last drop.
There’s an option for every Mama who experiences milk leakage whether while nursing, or throughout the day! The 150ml option was made for Mamas who experience a significant amount of let-down.
Note: If you don’t have leakage then you won’t need the Ladybug.
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