Nursing mom? Don’t forget your tax break this year

breastfeeding pumping tax break

breastfeeding pumping tax breakOnce again it’s tax season and if you’re a new parent, it’s probably the last thing on your mind. But, they must be done. In 2011, the IRS announced breast pumps and other lactation supplies will be considered tax-deductible medical expenses. Here are two possible ways to deduct these costs:

  • Sign up for a flexible spending account (FSA) at work — even items related to pumping such as nipple cream, bottles, storage bags, pump attachments and pads are eligible. Basically, you can include any item that “assists lactation” –  irs.gov/publications/p502.
  • Itemize your medical expenses — This one is a little harder to reach, but if you had to pay for the delivery or have had some other high-cost medical expenses this year (exceeding 10% of your adjusted gross income), you can add in all of the products mentioned above to your itemized expenses.

Any other tax-saving ideas related to nursing? Let us know in the comments below!