Do you ladies know of any good places to buy nursing dresses or nursing dress patterns? I'm not really looking to spend 100$ on a dress and I'm having a hard time finding any good places to buy.
I've gotten one or two from Old Navy (they only have two listed right now: http://oldnavy.gap.com/browse/category.do?cid=41578 )... There's one here: http://www.motherhood.com/Product.asp?Product_Id=920320362&MasterCategory_Id=MC29 ...
I've seen more on Old Navy before, so maybe as they get more fall/winter stuff in the selection will be better? Otherwise, any sort of crossover top should work if you don't mind just pulling it to the side.
Jalie has cute nursing patterns: http://www.jalie.com/maternity-baby/maternity-nursing-tops.html
Jan Andrea has a LOT of DIY suggestions, but here's an easy top http://www.sleepingbaby.net/jan/Baby/shirt.html
Ebay and Craigslist usually have used stuff for cheap. Good luck!
I like to wear cross over dresses and tops (like this style, though I certainly wouldn't buy that dress at retail price). They work quite well, and are much more widely available. I've bought nursing clothes before, but in the end I prefer regular clothes that are nursing friendly. Nursing clothes tend to have extra layers that bunch funny, show through, and generally look bad and get in my way. I personally was always way more comfortable pulling down a top then pulling up my shirt. I'm not into baring my postpartum belly flap.
I have owned precisely 2 nursing tops through 3 kids and several years of nursing. I don't like them. Best thing I have found is to wear a nursing tank (or any support tank, really, if you are not really well endowed) underneath your regular shirt. Then you pull the top shirt up and pop your boob out of the top of the tank.
Dresses are a bit more difficult; I just tend to avoid them. Skirts and tops... which is better for me anyway since I am a G/H/I cup when nursing but only wear a size 6/8 on the bottom!
I'm completely with Monkey Keeper and Flower of Bliss. I don't like nursing tops. For the most part, I think nursing clothes are awkward to nurse in and expensive for what you get.
have a couple dresses similar to the one Flower of Bliss posted that work great, otherwise I tend to avoid dresses and go with seperates.
My favorite long nursing tank is from Glamourmom. They're not cheap, but they're wonderfully long. http://www.jilliansdrawers.com/products/formom/breastfeeding/nursingbrasandtops/glamourmomnursingbralongtank I have one in black and one in white (my most recent belly pic in the belly pic thread has me wearing my black Glamourmom nursing tank! And it covers my big preggo belly a lot better than many of my maternity shirts now do!!).
Adding more thoughts... I know some mamas think nursing clothes are a waste and just more hassle (and expensive), but for me, some quality key pieces can be worth their weight in gold. Honestly, I don't care so much about boob showing -- I like nursing tops to hide the jiggly belly flab ;) And being a DD+ even when *not* nursing, I just prefer a sturdy, supportive nursing bra under a plain ol shirt instead of the "over the top of the tank, under the bottom of the shirt" kind of juggling with two tops. I'm *realllllly* tempted with getting this pattern as well: http://megannielsen.com/collections/sewing-patterns/products/perfect-nursing-maternity-top . Might splurge later. Not feeling like I'll be up for sewing by the time the pattern would get here if I ordered it right now ;)
any dress that is a bit stretch and v-necked or cross over would probably work to pull down/to the side rather than up. same goes for shirts. It does show more skin this way but I'd much rather that than deal w/ a ton of fabric to hold up on my chest and try to see baby's latch (esp since this is your first..you'll want site of the latch in the early weeks)
I have a long torso too and I like Target's nursing tanks. They are very long but the built in bra can get kind of tight around my rib cage but it only gets uncomfortable if I wear it for a really long time like a whole day and then all night cause I fall asleep in it lol...
I also like these...http://www.mommygear.com/undercover-mama-nursing-tank.htm they attach to any nursing bra and are pretty long. They are very stretchy and have a little bit of support so I really loved these right after to help "hold me together"... I got one each in white, black and brown and have gotten my money's worth after nursing just one kid :)