I also love the Jack Newman book. My other favorite is "So That's What They're For!" by Janet Tamaro (?- having a pg induced brain lapse).
I also love kellymom.com. There are (very well researched!) answers to just about every situation there.
So far as the boppy, many women buy it because "everyone" says you need one. Over the years I have seen that it does not work for many women. If you are long-waisted it positions the baby too low. If you are short-waisted it positions the baby too high. If you are a little fluffy around the middle (as most women are immediately post-partum!) then the pillow keeps sliding away, letting baby slip down in the gap between mom and pillow. I much prefer the My Breast Friend or the Nurse EZ because they can be strapped in place around the waist. However, they still don't work well for many short-waisted women.
For washable nursing pads, I like Kushies 100% cotton because they are large and don't shrink to the size of a quarter after washing! I have not tried wool yet. For disposable pads, I like Lansinoh brand.
I also agree with the others that suggested setting up a nursing station (or two or three). I made up a basket with magazines, nursing pads, burp cloth, snacks, etc. I also made sure to grab the phone and a glass of water before I sat down to nurse. Sitting down to nurse always makes me thirsty and makes the phone ring.
(Disclaimer - don't expect to be able to nurse while reading a book, talking on the phone, etc. until you get the hang of things.)
I love my glider and nursing stool!
I highly, highly recommend getting all the info on bf'ing that you can *before* the baby comes. Call and interview LC's and other breastfeeding supporters on your area now. Look for an IBCLC. Keep in mind however, that just like there are poor dr's, nurses, midwives, LLL groups, etc., there can also be poorly trained IBCLC's. Don't be afraid to ask how much experience they have and how they trained. In my area, IBCLC's who received the majority of their training while working as L&D or post-partum nurses seem to not have much expereince helping with issues that occur after the first 2-3 days. Look for someone with varied experience who keeps current on issues. I would also highly recommend interviewing pediatricians or family dr's ahread of time to find out what their views are on bf'ing and who they refer to for bf difficulties.
Hoping for a smooth, easy start to breastfeeding for all of us!