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The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) was implemented in 1987 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help state health departments establish and maintain a surveillance system of selected maternal behaviors and experiences during and after pregnancy. PRAMS data is used for planning and assessing state health programs. PRAMS not only provides state-specific data but allows comparisons among participating states because the same data collection methods are used in all states. Pennsylvania became a participating state in 2007. Randomly selected women from registered live births are asked to complete a mailed survey. There are core questions and additional questions that states may ask to meet state needs. There are five breastfeeding related questions in Pennsylvania PRAMS Phase 7 (2012-Present). They are:
1. Did you ever breastfeed or pump breast milk to feed your new baby after delivery?
2. Are you currently breastfeeding or feeding pumped milk to your new baby?
3. How many weeks or months did you breastfeed or pump milk to feed your baby?
4. During any of your prenatal care visits, did a doctor, nurse, or other health care worker talk with you about any of the things listed below? One of the choices is Breastfeeding my baby.
5. Since your new baby was born, did a doctor, nurse, or other health care worker talk with you about any of the things listed below? One of the choices is Help with information about breastfeeding. 
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