Last update: Feb. 20, 2016


Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Calcium saccharin and other related salts, sodium and potassium, are potent sweeteners.

They are excreted into breast milk in very small amount, which makes the infant may receive at most a dose of 0.26 mg / kg / day, which is well below the maximum recommended dose suggested by the FDA (5 mg / kg / day).

There is controversy on the genotoxic and carcinogenic effects of saccharin, since though when administered to animals it does appear genotoxicity at large doses, no evidence of its occurrence in human populations with regular consumption of saccharin has been found.

Moderate intake is compatible with breastfeeding.


We do not have alternatives for Saccharin since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

Jose Maria Paricio, Founder & President of APILAM/e-Lactancia

Your contribution is essential for this service to continue to exist. We need the generosity of people like you who believe in the benefits of breastfeeding.

Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Saccharin is also known as

Saccharin in other languages or writings:


Saccharin belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Saccharin in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 100 %
Molecular weight 183 daltons
T1/2 4,8 hours
Theoretical Dose 0,26 mg/Kg/d
Relative Dose 5,2 %


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  3. MedlinePlus. Sweeteners - sugar substitutes Trusted Health Information for you. 2015 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
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  6. Chappel CI. A review and biological risk assessment of sodium saccharin. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 1992 Abstract
  7. Egan PC, Marx CM, Heyl PS, et al. Saccharin concentration in mature human milk. Drug Intell Clin Pharm. 1984;18:511. Abstract. 1984

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