Lactation Supplies Considered Medical Expenses

February 11, 2011 ( – Payments for breast pumps and supplies helping lactation are now considered medical care, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has announced.

The tax agency’s announcement said the decision was reached “because, like obstetric care, they are for the purpose of affecting a structure or function of the body of the lactating woman.”

So, if a taxpayer’s total medical expenses are higher than 7.5% of adjusted gross income, the lactation expenses are considered deductible on a federal tax return. Also, the agency said, money reimbursed for the lactation supplies under a flexible spending account or similar arrangement is not considered income to the taxpayer.

The IRS announcement is at