Debate over IRS Breastfeeding Supplies Rule


All the while, breastfeeding supplies were never allowed as tax-deductible items. This was because breast milk is considered a nutritional food and not medication. But recently, there was a change in the ruling. Now the IRS made expenses for breastfeeding supplies like breast pumps, bottles etc a tax-deductible expense. This made many pediatricians, doctors, nursing mothers and pro-breastfeeding organizations very happy. This change coincided with First Lady, Michelle Obama supporting the call for nursing mothers to breastfeed as part of her campaign against child obesity.

However, this did not go down well with certain quarters. Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn) claims the First Lady’s stand is ‘hard left’ and suggested she was creating a ‘nanny state’. In the same way, Sarah Palin made light of First Lady Obama’s support for breastfeeding. At a recent speech, she said, “No wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody, 'You'd better breast-feed your baby,' Yeah, you'd better, because the price of milk is so high right now.”

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