Originally Posted by MovnMama
For me, I really liked reading books that weren't manuals. Like, I can get how-to and problem solving info fairly easy. Two great books were Milk Memos (a collection of notes and essays women wrote to each other while pumping in thier company nursing room) and Unbuttoned (women's honest essays of encouragement and frustration, unique challenges, etc. )
Yup, I really like the Milk Memos too, I recommend it to all the mothers-to-be I know that plan to return to work full-time and pump. I also recommend they read it before they give birth while they have time and copy the couple pages that are good reference for after if they are getting it from the library. I'll have to pick up Unbuttoned.
I found most of the manual-types to be way too feel-good for me. I was already convinced I wanted to breastfeed 100%, so I wanted something more straightforward, not glossing over potential problems. I found kellymom and these and other BFing forums to be much more useful for me for that part of it, I should probably just print out kellymom into my own "book" for my next child. I need to get a copy of The Nursing Mother's Companion though, it sounds better than the other manual-type books.