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When Mikah Duncan's baby boy, Cash, was born three months early, the San Antonio mom was devastated. He was so tiny she couldn't even touch him, much less hold him and feed him. So the new mom did the only thing she knew how to help--and in doing so, she's broken a record and done something wonderful for other moms.
Duncan began pumping her breast milk every two hours for three months. "Before long, I had a little bottle, then I got a bigger bottle and then I got the biggest bottle there is," the 28-year-old mom told KSAT TV. After every session, she put another bottle in the hospital's freezer.
Originally doctors had warned her that Cash was so small he'd never be able to nurse naturally. But the resilient preemie proved otherwise, and, little by little, Cash began breastfeeding like a pro.
Still, Duncan kept pumping. And when it came time to discharge the baby last week, she and the staff of the Children's Hospital of San Antonio counted up the bottles and discovered that Duncan was able to donate 15 gallons (yes, gallons) to the Texas Milk Bank in Austin. The donation broke records--it's the single largest donation by any one mother, and in the shortest amount of time.