Breastfeeding Expenses are Tax Write-Offs!

“A Harvard Medical School study published last spring in the journal Pediatrics estimated that if 90 percent of American women breastfed, 900 premature infant deaths would be prevented and patients and hospitals would see savings of $13 billion in lost wages and saved health care costs – so you might assume that doing so would be a tax write-off…

“Last week, the Internal Revenue Service finally agreed to allow 2010 taxes to reflect the costs of pumps and milk bags, as all the myriad ways in which to maintain breastfeeding while working or on the road can make “free” suddenly cost quite a bit of cash.” says Sarah Wildman in her article IRS Says Breastfeeding Expenses Are Tax-Write-Offs. Finally.

Too bad I didn’t realize this when I did my taxes!

I might be behind the times on this realization, but I am so happy to hear that the IRS is recognizing the many expenses that breastfeeding women encounter as tax write-offs. Even though breastfeeding mothers don’t have the recurring expense of formula, there are still plenty of items to purchase. Wildman reflects some of the following examples: a manual or electric pump (ranging anywhere from between about $30 and $360, depending on brand, capabilities, and features), extra parts for the pump (if you’re a working mom, you can’t have something break or go missing when you’re in the middle of your work day!) breast milk storage bags, and cooler packs for traveling- not to mention the nipple creams, breast pads to prevent leaking, as well as the expense of seeing a lactation consultant for much-needed guidance.

While I don’t believe that women would choose breastfeeding solely for monetary reasons, I do hope that this decision helps to encourage women to breastfeed. Working moms might find some relief in knowing that their investment in a good electric pump and all the supplies that go with it will be counted as a write-off at the end of the year.

I also hope that this decision helps raise some awareness of the health benefits of breastfeeding. Unfortunately, I still know of many women who are told by their mothers to switch to formula because it’s easier and better for the baby. Misinformation abounds on this topic, and I think it is imperative that women are fully informed of the advantages of breastmilk over formula. The IRS made the decision to count breastfeeding expenses as write-offs because of its health benefits! Hopefully this will be good publicity for the benefits of breastfeeding!

All that to say, if you haven’t done your taxes yet and you’re a breastfeeding mama, make sure to count in your expenses!


6 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dac on March 1, 2011 at 8:25 pm

    Great information! Thanks for posting.


  2. This is something i did not know and I will be sure to pass this information along …………thanks for stopping by my site .


  3. I did not know this and I will be sure to pass this information along …………thanks for stopping by my site .


  4. This is amazingly cool! Hooray for breast feeding!!


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  6. […] Breastfeeding Expenses are Tax Write-Offs!. […]


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