The Complete Book of Breastfeeding by Marvin S. Eiger MD and Sally Wendkos Olds (Workman: paperback, $7.95).
A good 60% of the babies of today's baby-boomers will be breast-fed. Their mothers, better educated and aware of the many benefits nursing confers, will choose this immemorial method, as compared to a mere 20% in 1970.
In its big comeback, mother's milk, as is generally known, contains all nutrients necessary for the baby. It also transmits antibodies and other protective substances through special cells that kill a host of viruses and bacteria, thereby encouraging the production of the baby's own antibodies. Breast-fed babies suffer fewer infant disorders and are thriving babies when compared to their bottle-fed counterparts. And they certainly smell sweeter.
The mother benefits as well. She can dispense with sterilized bottles and not worry about a supply of formula. Nursing provides a strong link in the maternal bond, returns her figure to normal quickly and serves as a natural contraceptive, though authors suggest caution on this.