Wednesday, March 2, 2011
From Moms Rising:
A mountain of medical research demonstrates that breastfeeding improves the health of mothers and children. For this reason, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends mothers breastfeed exclusively for six months. It also makes financial sense. A recent study in the medical journal Pediatrics estimates the country could save up to $13 billion per year in health care and other costs if 90 percent of U.S. babies were exclusively breastfed for six months.
Medical research shows that breastfeeding prevents children from developing life-threatening health conditions including SIDS, type 1 and 2 diabetes, asthma, childhood leukemia, and obesity.
The IRS [has decided] to make the cost of breast pumps and supplies tax deductible.