Looking Back: Treasure Chest

Judi Dongarra, Wisconsin

Originally published in the Wisconsin Tender Times newsletter and republished in January/February 1982 issue of La Leche League News

Editor’s Note: The first issue of La Leche League News, the bimonthly publication for members, was published in 1958. The name changed to New Beginnings in 1985. New Beginnings continued to be published until 2014 when it transitioned to its current blog format at www.lllusa.org/blog/.

Maya, who is almost three, asked for “ducey” a few days ago, and I prepared to nurse her. After finding an appropriate spot to relax, I discovered a quarter in my bra.

I said, “How did that get in here?”

Maya responded by saying, “That’s mine. The grocery man gave it to me.”

I said, “Why is it in my blouse?”

She retorted, “That’s my special safe place; it’s nice and warm and squishy in there and nobody will get it. And I won’t lose it.”

I don’t think I can remember ever feeling so “treasured” before. What importance a special place can have for someone so young. All nursing babies—young and old—must see mommy’s nummies (or duceys, etc.) as a very full love bank. The difference when taking each withdrawal is that mommy’s special chest merely gets fuller, and baby feels more secure with each visit.