SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (January 13, 2022)—A subgroup of the Breast Pump Policy Coalition has engaged lobbyists in Illinois to assist with repealing the sales tax for breast pumps. State Sen. Barbara Hernandez introduced H.B. 4234 which would allow breast pumps, breast pump collection and storage supplies, and breast pump kits to be exempt from the taxes imposed beginning on July 1, 2022. The bill now has 14 cosponsors and was referred to the Rules Committee on the opening day of the legislative session, Jan. 5. 

Currently, only eight states exempt sales tax for breastfeeding equipment, while infant formula is generally tax-free. A handful of states have limited exemptions, where pumps are exempt subject to certain stipulations. This isn’t a true solution and doesn’t ease the tax burden on most moms. Full sales and use tax exemption for breast pumps and supplies is the key to reducing this tax burden.

The campaign will include reaching out to breastfeeding coalitions and other organizations who would be willing to support the legislation through social media and calls to legislators. A companion bill is expected in the Senate shortly.

If you would like further information about this initiative, please visit parityforpumps.com/illinois