Last update: Jan. 14, 2014


Very Low Risk for breastfeeding

Safe. Compatible.
Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Cocoa contains theobromine (Dimethyl-3,7-xanthine), a caffeine derivative with a less neuro-excitability effect.
In those cases of maternal overuse (more than 400 g a-day) irritability or colicky pain may appear in the infant. 100 g of chocolate contains 120 to 230 mg of theobromine and 20 to 30 mg of caffeine.


We do not have alternatives for Theobromine 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.

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Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 180 daltons
Protein Binding 30 %
Tmax 4 hours
M/P ratio 1,1 -


  1. Lust KD, Brown JE, Thomas W. Maternal intake of cruciferous vegetables and other foods and colic symptoms in exclusively breast-fed infants. J Am Diet Assoc. 1996 Abstract
  2. Bucher HU, Gautschi K. [Detection of caffeine, theophylline and theobromine in the umbilical cord blood and breast milk]. Helv Paediatr Acta. 1985 Abstract

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