The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey is implemented under a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and is presently conducted in all fifty states, three U.S. territories and the District of Columbia . The Pennsylvania Department of Health instituted the Pennsylvania BRFSS Local Sampling Program in 2002. Participation in the program is open to Pennsylvania ’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) affiliated partnerships located statewide. Pennsylvania utilizes BRFSS as one part of the development of a conceptual model to integrate individual and population-level health data to measure the health of a community. Data from BRFSS is used to assess, plan, implement and evaluate the success of state programs. BRFSS is made up of core questions and additional survey questions. Breastfeeding related questions were included in the additional survey questions for the first time in 2007. The 2007 questions were: 
 
1. Was this child breastfed?
2. About how many months was this child breastfed?
3. About how many weeks was this child breastfed?
4. Was this child not breastfed because of the mother’s medications or medical condition?
5. Was this child’s breastfeeding stopped because of the mother’s medications or medical conditions?
6. Was this child not breastfed because of pain, soreness, or a problem with milk supply?
7. Was this child’s breastfeeding stopped because of pain, soreness, or a problem with milk supply?
8. Was this child not breastfed because the mother had to return to work or school?
9. Was this child’s breastfeeding stopped because the mother had to return to work or school?
10. Do you feel that babies who are fed baby formula are as healthy, more healthy, or less healthy than babies who are breastfed?

Due to survey limitations, state added questions are rotated annually. These breastfeeding related questions were only asked in 2007 and will not be repeated in the 2008 survey.  

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