Good news for breastfeeding moms in the US! The IRS has officially announced that breast pumps and their related supplies are tax deductible medical expenses! This is for your 2010 taxes (due next month) and all years moving forward. The official IRS wording is “supplies that assist lactation” which could be read to include herbal products for making more milk, nursing bras and pads, the freezer bags to store breastmilk, books about how to breastfeed or breastpump, and bottles for feeding breastmilk to the baby.
For years, the IRS held that these were better understood as foods rather than as medical supplies, and only medical costs are tax deductible. However, with pressure from the American Academy of Pediatrics and certain congressmen, the IRS has become informed enough about the persuasive medical benefits for breastfeeding that it now officially now considers breastfeeding supplies as deductible medical expenses. It is also fortunate for taxpayers that many purchases of breastfeeding supplies can occur in the same year as pregnancy and birth, which usually bring their own tab of tax-deductible medical costs.
Previously, the IRS considered breast pumps to be feeding equipment, not medical devices. However, the American Academy of Pediatrics argued that breastfeeding has many medical benefits for both mother and baby. Advocates hope that making breast pumps more affordable will enable more women to breastfeed longer.
“Unfortunately, due to financial restraints and work demands, not all women are afforded the opportunity to nurse their children, despite the proven health benefits,” the academy said in a 2009 letter to IRS Commissioner Doug Shulman that was also signed by nine other medical groups. “In order to continue to breastfeed successfully, millions of mothers working outside the house require a breast pump.”
For more details, the actual IRS code can be read at this link
Being that Tender Cargo is a Medela Certified Nursing Center, of course we sell everything from the breast pumps to every little accessory or replacement part you could ever need. Keep those receipts!