I read Dr Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding when helping my younger sister after the birth of her first baby. Although she herself is a medical doctor, and we live in a country which is very positive about breastfeeding (Holland), we were astounded to realise how little information is given about breastfeeding both in the training of medical doctors (both in Holland and the UK), even pediatricians!, and to expectant parents. Dr Jack Newman's book discusses all of this, albeit in the much more negative (about breastfeeding) North American context. His views are extremely well-argued and well-supported, and his tone is friendly and supportive, not haranguing or self-satisfied. He gives very clear, practical, and, again, supportive, advice. He demonstrates how breastfeeding has been made to look difficult and unattractive for commercial reasons in the West (bottle formula is very profitable, while breastfeeding, as Dr Newman points out, doesn't provide anyone with financial profit, except the parents of the baby), without lapsing into simplistic 'earthmother' or 'naturalness' speak. He also, worryingly, discusses how research shows that there are important and substantial benefits to breastfeeding which medical staff are not made sufficiently aware of, and how they too are not trained properly to help mothers to breastfeed successfully. This book solved my sister's early hic-ups with breastfeeding when even a breast-feeding specialist could not (although she lent the book to us, so was crucial in that way), and, most importantly, it gave her the confidence to continue breastfeeding by showing her how any difficulties could and would be overcome (almost all can be and are!). I am buying copies now both for all my friends expecting babies, and for doctors I know, particularly pediatricians, to become better informed about that crucial but much neglected subject: babyies' first and most important food -- breastmilk.