A solid, down-to-earth manual for breast, feeding mothers--no heavy-handed prostelytizing or preaching, just sound practical guidance. Psychologist Trause and Reukauf, a childbirth educator, plainly state the two areas of difficulty: ""Although the world we live in intellectually supports breast-feeding, it doesn't support it in a practical sense."" And on an individual level, while we believe breast-feeding is ""a perfectly natural activity and process,"" some aspects of it don't come naturally. So, the authors explain the how-tos: the best way to get going is to be alone with the baby and work it out; what might go wrong; and how to fix it (stand by for incredible soreness at the start, and know it gets better without medical treatment). Success will often mean fending off medical and friendly advice--part of breast-feeding in a world which, no matter what lip service is given, still thinks this is a wierd--or worse--activity. Especially helpful here are frank, forthright chapters on dealing with older siblings; and consideration of marital and sexual adjustments while nursing. All in all, then--a self-help gem.