My wife is nursing her first baby as well.. It seems that she's gotten the hang of it, and so has the baby.. But it was hit and miss and worrying when she didn't lactate for almost 3 days :/ I guess that was normal though..My wife is breastfeeding now, but honestly struggles with it as a first time mom. It's been a month and she has to wear a nipple shield for him to latch on. She's gone to lactation consultants and la leche league meetings. Hopefully as time goes on it's better and better for both of them.
I wouldn't put too too much stock into books. I'm sure the natural parenting "switch" will kick in and some point and you won't need all the books. Sure they are good for reinforcement but sometimes I have found they actually have BAD info in them sometimes tooShe only breastfeeds on a rocking chair with the pillow called breastfriend. She loves the pillow.
She was struggling with breastfeeding originally, but it's getting better. We are working on sleeping right now with reading as much as possible.