Are Breastpumps + Breastfeeding Supplies Tax Deductible?

March 14, 2014
Are Breastpumps + Breastfeeding Supplies Tax Deductible?

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 breastpump 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 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.

5 thoughts on “Are Breastpumps + Breastfeeding Supplies Tax Deductible?

  1. I was able to get a Medela Pump In Style Advanced Double Breastpump through my insurance. My insurace provider contacted Mark Drug Medical Supply ( in Wheeling, Illinois to process my request. I ordered on Tuesday and a courier delivered it, free of charge, to my doorstep on Wednesday. They also provided 2 sets of free disposable nursing bra pads. I was extremely impressed by their service and would recommend using them if you live in the area. I still need to buy pump accessories and nipple care products (which my insurance does not cover), so I am glad to read that these out-of-pocket items are tax deductible. Thanks for the information.

    • Hi Melissa,

      We’re so happy to hear that you had a good experience with getting an insurance-covered Medela breastpump. Thanks for taking the time to share!


  2. How do I go about this? Like do I have to have receipts from buying supplies? I’m clueless on anything taxes. My insurance paid for my breast pump but I but pads and storage bags out of my own pocket.

    • Hi Sabrina,

      You don’t need to submit any receipts when you complete your taxes, but saving receipts can help you with accurately adding up your expenses and the IRS may ask for them to verify your deductions if you are audited. We suggest that if you have questions about filing your taxes, you reach out to an accountant or tax professional, as they would be best suited to help you.

      Thanks for reaching out,

  3. I’m glad to hear this because my insurance did not pay at all. I paid for a rental until I was able to buy my own medela in style double breast pump. I’m a new mom and all of this is new to me, so I’m happy for the information.

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