Last update Feb. 12, 2022

Light ligroin

Likely Compatibility

Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.

Distilled aliphatic hydrocarbon purified from petroleum (straight-run naphtha or kerosene). Use: solvent for paints, varnishes and greases (degreaser) and in car washes and dry cleaning. The olfactory level is so low that it can prevent intoxication.

Acute inhalation may cause respiratory irritation, drowsiness or dizziness.

At the date of the last update, we have not found published data on its excretion in breast milk, or on side effects in infants of mothers exposed to inhalation of this product.

Based on the absence of specific phrases of risk in lactation in the safety data sheets of this product and on the fact that it is not carcinogenic or mutagenic (Roth 2021, CTS 2017), it would not be necessary to remove the nursing mother from her workstation, it would be enough that the company ensure adequate ventilation to meet the legal requirements of Occupational exposure limits (OELs) or threshold limit value (TLV) (Roth 2021) and for the worker the recommended standards of prudence: mask, gloves, clothing, protective glasses, etc. (Roth 2021, CTS 2017)

Breastfeeding must be interrupted for a variable period of time if intoxication in the mother is suspected or the TLVs have been higher than recommended, especially the short-term exposure limit  (TLV-STEL). In these cases, it is necessary to consider performing a toxicological analysis on the mother.

Benefits of breastfeeding outweigh the risk from low levels of environmental pollutants in human milk, in many instances lower than those found in cow's milk or other foods (WHO, Lapillonne 2021, Díaz 2013, Mead 2008, LaKind 2008, Hoover 1999 )

Basis for assessing occupational risk in nursing mothers:

With regard to occupational risks for breastfeeding mothers (INSHT 202, EC Regulation 2008), there are only two risk phrases (H-phrases for hazard) or precaution phrases (P-phrases) that should appear on the product’s safety data sheet:

  • H362 (R64): "May cause harm to breast fed children"
  • P263: "Avoid contact during pregnancy/while nursing”

Six other phrases that should be considered during breastfeeding are related to the carcinogenic, mutagenic or cumulative strength of a product:

  • H350 (ant.R45 y R49): «May cause cancerr»
  • H351 (ant. R40): “Possible carcinogenic effect"
  • H370 (ant. R39): «Causes damage to organs».
  • H371 (ant. R68): "Possible risk of irreversible effects”
  • H372 (ant R48): «Causes damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure».
  • H373 (ant. R33):" May cause damage to organs through prolonged or repeated exposure”

If any of these codes appear on the safety data sheet of an industrial product, the nursing mother must be removed from her workplace.

For chemical products that do not contain these codes, companies must comply with the legal requirements of occupational exposure limits (OELs) for each product, ensuring a good ventilation at the workplace and ensure that the worker complies with the recommended standards of prudence (face mask, gloves, hand washing, changing clothes, etc.) facilitating it.

In addition, according to current European regulations (EC Regulation 2008), when a product is carcinogenic or mutagenic, working nursing mothers must not be exposed to mixtures with concentration limits greater than 0.3%.

See below the information of these related products:

  • Turpentine (Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.)
  • White spirit (Fairly safe. Mild or unlikely adverse effects. Compatible under certain circumstances. Follow-up recommended. Read Commentary.)

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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Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 87 daltons


  1. INSHT - Instituto Nacional de Seguridad e Higiene en el Trabajo. Límites de exposición profesional para agentes químicos en España. - 2022 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Roth. Petroleum ether. Safety data sheet. 2021 Full text (in our servers)
  3. Lapillonne A, Bocquet A, Briend A, Chouraqui JP, Darmaun D, Feillet F, Frelut ML, Guimber D, Hankard R, Peretti N, Roze JC, Simeoni U, Turck D, Dupont C; Comité de Nutrition de la Société Française de Pédiatrie (CNSFP).. Pollutants in Breast Milk: A Public Health Perspective - A Commentary of the Nutrition Committee of the French Society of Pediatrics. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2021 Mar 1;72(3):343-346. Abstract
  4. CTS. Ligroína. Ficha técnica de seguridad. 2017 Full text (in our servers)
  5. Díaz-Gómez NM, Ares S, Hernández-Aguilar MT, Ortega-García JA, Paricio-Talayero JM, Landa-Rivera L; Comité de Lactancia Materna de la Asociación Española de Pediatría.. Contaminantes químicos y lactancia materna: tomando posiciones. [Chemical pollution and breast milk: Taking positions]. An Pediatr (Barc). 2013 Dec;79(6):391.e1-5. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  6. LaKind JS, Berlin CM, Mattison DR. The heart of the matter on breastmilk and environmental chemicals: essential points for healthcare providers and new parents. Breastfeed Med. 2008 Dec;3(4):251-9. Abstract
  7. . REGLAMENTO (CE) No 1272/2008 DEL PARLAMENTO EUROPEO Y DEL CONSEJO de 16 de diciembre de 2008 sobre clasificación, etiquetado y envasado de sustancias y mezclas. Diario oficial de la Unión Europea. 2008 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  8. Mead MN. Contaminants in human milk: weighing the risks against the benefits of breastfeeding. Environ Health Perspect. 2008 Oct;116(10):A427-34. No abstract available. Abstract
  9. - REGULATION (EC) No 1272/2008 OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL of 16 December 2008 on classification, labelling and packaging of substances and mixtures. Official Journal of the European Union. 2008 Full text (link to original source)
  10. Hoover SM. Exposure to persistent organochlorines in Canadian breast milk: a probabilistic assessment. Risk Anal. 1999 Aug;19(4):527-45. Review. Abstract

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