Re: Nursing clothes - a necessity?
I never bought any nursing clothes, and I don't think I ever wore my 2 nursing bras as nursing bras (just for maternity). I used sport bras and regular bra/camis under some of my maternity shirts, and after I lost some of the weight, under regular shirts. I was not particularly well endowed before DD, so I got along just fine without super supportive nursing bras, and found it to be easier to just lift up the hem of a sport bra or tank than to fiddle with those clasps. DD covered up the belly just fine, so I never worried about being too exposed in public.
Today there is no black or white, only shades of gray.