Should breast pumps be tax deductible? The IRS announced that breast pumps would be tax deductible, alongside such medical “flex” expenditures like contact solution and bandages. Now two Mommy Michelles – Obama and Bachmann – are coming down on two different sides of the issue. Michelle Obama wants to promote breastfeeding in the African American community, where according to Obama, 40% of women don’t currently breastfeed. Michelle Bachmann says she doesn’t take issue with breastfeeding – only with the federal government providing tax incentives to promote it.