Whoooo! Tax breaks for breastfeeding!

You may have already heard the news (the article I’m citing was published 2 days ago so I’m a little late), but in case you haven’t…. Breast-Feeding Supplies Win Tax Breaks From I.R.S!

This affects purchases made starting in 2010. If you have a flexible spending account, you can use that for breast pumps and other supplies. Otherwise, you can just claim a deduction of the costs of your breastfeeding items (as long as your total unreimbursed medical expenses exceed 7.5% of your adjusted gross income).

The article talks about a study that says if 90% of moms breastfed their babies exclusively for their first 6 months of life (as recommended), the US could save $13 billion in health care costs.

Previously, the I.R.S. viewed breastmilk as just another “healthy food,” like veggies, so no tax breaks were considered. Nutrition (and healthy foods) are a necessity, not a medical condition……..

So why the change in heart?

Breast pumps and other breastfeeding supplies (pads, bottles, etc.) are now considered medical expenses because “they are for the purpose of affecting a structure or function of the body of the lactating woman.” BOOYAH!

A CDC study says that 75% of moms start breastfeeding at birth… only 43% by the time the baby is 6-months… and a measly 22% by age 1. Where do you fall?

Don’t stop fighting! Look what happened here–by being persistent and not giving up the fight, this new ruling will help so many moms (and so many babies). GO TEAM BOOB!

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