Acne cream is more important to our health than breastfeeding. Excuse me? According to a recent article in the New York Times, the Internal Revenue Service(IRS) has determined that breastfeeding “does not have enough health benefits to qualify as a form of medical care.” Therefore, women cannot count expenses for breastfeeding supplies in their tax-sheltered healthcare spending accounts. Acne cream and denture adhesives, however, do qualify for tax breaks.
Apparently, the IRS has decided it knows more about medicine than the experts at the Department of Health & Human Services and World Health Organization who are actively promoting breastfeeding because of its significant health benefits for mothers and children.