How you can cash in on breastfeeding this year

Breast-feeding mothers who purchase supplies like pump parts, breast pads and storage bags can now claim those items on their taxes thanks to a recent change to the Internal Revenue Service code outlining deductible medical expenses. unnamed-4 Previously, pumps and breast-feeding-related items were not included in the “Medical and Dental” expenses category but after lobbying from the American Academy of Pediatrics and breast-feeding advocacy groups, the IRS announced the change last fall. According to a tax code document on the IRS website, breast pumps and “supplies that assist lactation” are considered “medical care” because “like obstetric care, they are for the purpose of affecting as structure or function of the body of the lactating woman.” This isn’t the first time the IRS has cut nursing mothers a break. In 2011, it announced mothers could use pretax money from flexible spending accounts to cover the cost of breast pumps and other supplies.

Natalie Feulner

About Natalie Feulner

Natalie Feulner is a journalist and “semi-crunchy” cloth diapering momma to a rambunctious toddler named after a county in California. She drinks too much tea and loves to climb rocks but not at the same time.