Having a baby is expensive, but worth it. Those gummy smiles, the love of a child, and your role in motherhood are all major benefits and can keep you calm despite the costly expenses. If you've already filed your taxes, you've probably noticed a few other benefits to having a baby, like major tax breaks on your dependent and child care. With all of that extra money saved, it's understandable that you want to know what other tax deductions there are from your baby and if you can deduct baby supplies from your taxes. (Because hello, there's the expensive part, right?)
It's a valid question and the good news is you can! Kind of. You can't write off diapers, bottles, wipes, formula, and clothes, but you can claim your breastfeeding supplies.
In 2011, the IRS concluded that breast pumps and other lactation supplies qualified as tax-deductible medical expenses. If you have an FSA or HSA, you can use those pre-tax dollars to cover the costs of your breastfeeding supplies. Without an FSA, you can only claim the supplies if your out-of-pocket medical costs exceed 10 percent of your AGI.
So what counts as breastfeeding supplies? According to The Huffington Post, the deduction is limited to breast pumps, pump rentals, and pump parts. CPA Lori Moore told The Huffington Post that it looks as though nipple cream may also count, but nursing bras and tanks are most likely out as they can be used beyond breastfeeding.
Too bad you can't use all of those Gymboree and Carter's receipts to cut down on your tax bill, right? But according to Reuters, breast pumps can often cost more than $200 and, with other breastfeeding supplies, give you an expense of $1,000 in the first year of your little one's life.
And you thought breastfeeding was only good for your baby.