After moms across the country expressed outrage that breast pumps and supplies weren't tax deductible, but items like artificial turf were; on Thursday the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) reversed their decision! [1] Breast pumps are now a tax-deductible expense. Thanks go to the tens of thousands of MomsRising members who made their voices heard on this issue!

The petition read:
We urge the Internal Revenue Service to act immediately to reverse its decision and allow women to count expenses for breast pumps and breastfeeding supplies in their tax-sheltered health spending accounts as defined under section 213 (d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Hundreds of medical studies have shown that breastfeeding has health benefits for children, including reducing a child's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, asthma, leukemia, type 1 diabetes, and obesity. IRS regulations should reflect medical opinion, not overturn it.

Diet Therapy

Did you know.... Artificial colorings like red 40, yellow 5, yellow 6, blues 1, artificial flavorings, BHA, BHT, and TBHQ are all made from petroleum. In fact petroleum is commonplace in food and many of our everyday products. It is overlooked because the label does not say petroleum. Public interest is growing in this area and it's about time. The effects of petroleum are profound. During the 60's Dr. Feingold began his research linking diet to behavior.
The Feingold Program eliminates these additives:
Artificial (synthetic) coloring (these are red 40, yellow 5 and 6, blue 1, etc.)
Artificial (synthetic) flavoring
Aspartame (Nutrasweet, an artificial sweetener)
Artificial (synthetic) preservatives BHA, BHT, TBHQ

These additives have all been linked to behavior issues including:

Attention Deficits, Hyperactivity (ADD / ADHD)
Autism, PDD, Aspergers
Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Learning Disabilities
Ear Infections
Eczema, Hives (Urticaria)
Eye Muscle Disorders, Strabismus, Nystagmus
Headaches, Migraines
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Sleep Disorders, Nightmares, Night Terrors
Speech Difficulties
Tourette Syndrome
Violence, Aggression

MSG, household chemicals and salicylates are also a concern for us.

This youtube video is a good introduction to the Feingold philosophy and diet awareness.