Are Breast Pumps + Breastfeeding Supplies Tax Deductible?

March 14, 2014

You may have already discovered that adding to your family means adding extra steps to preparing and filing your taxes (which also adds extra dollars to your refund check!). If your insurance provider doesn’t cover all of your breastfeeding supplies and you had to pay out-of-pocket for a pump or other accessories this year, you may be wondering which supplies and breastfeeding-related expenses are tax-deductible.

Here it is, straight from the IRS’s guide on medical expenses: “You can include in medical expenses the cost of breast pumps and supplies that assist lactation.” This includes rental of a hospital-grade breast pump and breastfeeding supplies such as pump accessories and nipple care products. Lactation support is also considered a medical expense, so visits with a lactation professional are deductible as well. Just make sure you save all of your receipts, so when tax time comes, you know exactly what to itemize.

Know that you can deduct only the amount of your medical expenses that is more than 10% of your Adjusted Gross Income (AGI). So, if your AGI is $50,000, you can begin to deduct any unreimbursed expenses beyond $5,000 – which can be beneficial when you take into account all the money you may have spent during pregnancy and birth, too.

Particularly if you’re a new parent, you may wish to reach out for assistance from an accountant, consult online resources, or talk to other parents who’ve been in your shoes. They can help you get to know the many ways that the birth of a child impacts your taxes – among other possible benefits, you now qualify for a dependency exemption, a $1,000 child credit, and even a childcare credit.

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What tax benefits did you receive when you added to your family? Share with us in the comments below.

14 thoughts on “Are Breast Pumps + Breastfeeding Supplies Tax Deductible?

  1. I Did My Taxes This Year (2015) At Jackson Hewwit ,And They Said They Didn’t Know Nothing About This Deduction , So They Did Not Make The Deduction

    • Hi Mayumi,

      Thanks for sharing your experience. This is a fairly new tax policy, so not all tax preparation professionals may be aware of it. We’re glad that you asked, and hopefully in the future, they will be better educated on the various potential deductions available for new parents.

      Have a good day!

  2. I just found out about this tax policy and I want to file a claim for it however the problem is that I did not save any reciepts as I never thought that I would be needing them. What should I do? Is there anythjng I can do? I have spent nearly 700 dollars on breast feeding supplies and I dont wanna lose it all.

    any advixe would be appreciated.


    • Hi Asma,

      Receipts aren’t necessary for tax preparation, but could be required if you are audited by the IRS. You could also take a look at your bank statement to document your expenses (unless you paid cash). We suggest that you consult with a tax professional to confirm, as they would be best suited to help answer any questions you have about your deductions and what to do if you don’t have receipts.

      Thanks for reaching out!

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