Must-Have Shoes for a Breastfeeding Mama

“Give a girl the right shoes and she can conquer the world.” – Marilyn Monroe

You’re probably not trying to conquer the whole entire world right now, mama. You’re probably just trying to survive feeding to feeding. But I promise that Marilyn’s got something here. As a breastfeeding mama, you are navigating a whole new world. Everything about your life is different than it used to be. It is now revolving around keeping your tiny human alive and nourished. And your body went through a LOT of changes. For a lot of us, there is a whole mental and emotional challenge with our postpartum bodies. So how do you dress with confidence and squash those little voices in your head that are being mean to you? My favorite and EASY way: SHOES.

I told you Marilyn had a point here.

You have a lot to conquer in your new world as a mama. The saying “look good, feel good” totally applies. I was told quite a few years ago when I was in college that, even if you have a phone interview, you should always get dressed as if it was in person because it helps you get in the right mindset. Once I actually started getting DRESSED each day while I was on maternity leave, it triggered something in my brain that helped me be more productive and positive. But getting your postpartum body dressed isn’t the easiest thing – sweats are much easier, right?  

Well, I’m going to make it easier by giving you my list of must-have shoes for a breastfeeding mama! These staples will make it easy for you to put together outfits that will have you feeling like your best self!

  1. Grungy sneakers.Okay…you’re probably like, “uh…grungy sneakers are supposed to make me feel like my best self?!” Hear me out: trendy, yet grungy sneakers like Golden Goose have this magical way of making a casual outfit elevated or dressing down a dressier outfit. Plus, they are super comfortable and you don’t have to worry about getting them scuffed or dirty while running after littles! Here are a few of my favorites right now, including ones that will not break the bank:

    Golden Goose Super-Star Sequin Sneaker
    Golden Goose Super-Start Low Top Sneaker
    P448 John Low Top Sneaker
    P448 John Glitter Sneaker
    VICI Kloss Faux Leather Glitter Sneaker

  2. Block Heel Booties.A good heeled bootie can be for work or play and make you feel instantaneously more confident. A block heel is key because it’s easy to walk in all day long, no matter what’s on the agenda! I suggest having a go-to pair in black that tapers at your ankle to elongate your leg – if it is too wide for your ankle, it will cut off your ankle and make your legs appear shorter, especially if you’re wearing a dress. Links to a few of my current faves:

    Alexander Wang Gabi Leather Bootie
    Rag & Bone Newbury 2.0 Bootie
    Vince Camuto Gradina Block Heel Bootie - on super sale!
    Vince Camuto Jentilliy Chelsea Boot - on SUPER SUPER sale!

  3. Not-Your-Grandma’s Flats.I will be honest that I have really struggled in this category over the years. A flat is such an essential part of a woman’s shoe wardrobe, but it is so stinkin’ tough to find one that is chic AND comfortable. Plus you want to find a versatile pair that can be worn with pants, skirts, dresses, and jeans…to the office and to a baby shower (when can we start going to those again, by the way?!) Here’s a roundup of the best flats for mamas:

    Valentino Rockstud Pointed Toe Ballerina Flat
    Sam Edelman Lior Loafer - most colors on sale!
    Madewell The Frances Loafer in Leopard Calf Hair - on sale!
    Madewell The Frances Skimmer Mule in Leather

These 3 categories will get you through QUITE a few outfits, especially while you’re on maternity leave, staying home, or going back to work. If you have a job where you need to wear professional attire, I highly suggest a few not-your-grandma’s flats to wear to and from the office to make it super easy for you with the littles. Need a little more help with how to put these shoes into practice with your wardrobe? I got you. Just leave a comment here on the blog or feel free to send me a DM on Instagram @ailana.j!

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