UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
BRYAN -- When you first become a mother there's always the big debate, what's better for your baby, breast-milk or formula?
But when some babies are born early, they don't get a choice. So how does a mother provide enough breast-milk to feed her sick baby?
Cuilin Quin knows all too well what it's like to have a baby prematurely because her daughter, Jessica, was born six weeks early and only weighed four pounds eight ounces.
"I know how preemies are born, so tiny, and they need extra help to grow healthy," said Quin.
And when a baby is born too early, the only nutrients they can get, have to come from breast milk.
"That's what they need to survive and what they need to not only survive but to thrive. It's not just survival we're talking about, we're talking about quality of life as well," said Kay Jarrett, director of Women, Infants, and Children.
The new milk bank at the Brazos Valley Action Agency WIC office allows women to donate their extra breast milk for babies in need.
"I know breast milk is essential for some babies, especially for some preemies, so um I would love to help them and so it's my honor to do it," said Quin.
And it's the mothers like Cuilin Quin that help save so many baby's lives.
"It's a life saving commodity, if you want to use that term. It's a rare, rarity. We call it liquid gold because it is so rare," said Jarrett.
One ounce provides one meal for every preemie so a four ounce bottle can provide four meals.
a mother who wants to donate is screened and tested prior to the first donation made. After that she can donate as often as she'd like.
Cuilin Quin plans to donate her milk as long as she can to help save preemies lives.