Last update March 31, 2023

Alcohol (topical use, disinfectant)


Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

Disinfectant with bacteriostatic, bactericidal and, to a lesser extent, fungicidal and viricidal properties.

Its absorption and likeliness of passing into plasma through the skin is negligible.

Alcohol, as a topical antiseptic, is compatible with breastfeeding (WHO 2002).

When topically used as disinfectant, alcohol does not increase alcohol levels in breast milk (Han 2022) ​​​​​​and is compatible with breastfeeding. (WHO 2002)

See below the information of this related product:

  • Alcohol (alcoholic beverage) (Unsafe. Moderate/severe adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Use safer alternative or discontinue breastfeeding from 5 to 7 T ½ . Read Commentary.)


We do not have alternatives for Alcohol (topical use, disinfectant) since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team of health professionals, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it. The pharmaceutical industry contraindicates breastfeeding, mistakenly and without scientific reasons, in most of the drug data sheets.

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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Main tradenames from several countries containing Alcohol (topical use, disinfectant) in its composition:

  • Alcohol de Romero™. Contains other elements than Alcohol (topical use, disinfectant) in its composition


Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 46 daltons


  1. Han AA, Buerger AN, Allen H, Vincent M, Thornton SA, Unice KM, Maier A, Quiñones-Rivera A. Assessment of ethanol exposure from hand sanitizer use and potential for developmental toxicity in nursing infants. J Appl Toxicol. 2022 Jan 6. Consulted on April 21, 2022 Abstract
  2. WHO / UNICEF. BREASTFEEDING AND MATERNAL MEDICATION Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs. Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (WHO/UNICEF) 2002 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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