Yes, nursing clothing is not a necessity. I can tell you one thing though - in my 2+ years of nursing that is one of the things that has made it so much easier to leave the house with a nursing baby. Nursing covers annoy me. The few nursing shirts that I have made it a breeze to nurse in public and be discreet, sometimes even without a cover and people walking by could see nothing. I don't like being stuck at home just because I have an infant - it's just not an option! I took baby E with me everywhere and we had fun together.
Looking forward to the arrival of baby #2, I was excited to review a nursing top by Nurture-Elle. I received the Cute Keyhole Neckline tee for review pictured below. It even fit great with my 5 month pregnant belly! I have nursing tops in black and blue, so I decided on the Fuchsia for a change. The extra small size was perfect on my petite frame (nursing tops that fit me well can be hard to find). I love the quality and the fit, the nursing opening is very easily accessible by lifting the ruched elastic just above the belly.
The selection at Nurture-Elle isn't huge, but they have the basics without too much to overwhelm you. The prices are a little steep in my opinion, but comparable to other nursing brands. My personal favorite of all their tops is the Cowl Neck Nursing Top below ($45)!