Last update Jan. 12, 2023


Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Amylases are enzymes that catalyze the hydrolysis of polysaccharides such as starch or glycogen into simple sugars: dextrins, oligosaccharides and monosaccharides, maltose, and glucose. They are produced in the pancreas and salivary glands. There are amylases of vegetable or microbial origin (Bacillus subtilis, Aspergillus oryzae and barley malt). They are used in the baking, brewing and fermentation industries and in medicine for their putative anti-inflammatory activity of the respiratory tract and local oedema. Pancreatin and pancrelipase have amylase activity. Oral administration.

At the date of the last update we did not find any published data on its excretion in breast milk.

La amilasa actúa localmente en el tracto gastrointestinal y no se absorbe en cantidades significativas.

Its high molecular weight and poor intestinal absorption make it highly unlikely a significant passage to the milk.

La leche materna contiene amilasa. (Dewit 1990, Hegardt  1984, Lindberg 1982)


We do not have alternatives for Ptyalin; 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

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

Other names

Ptyalin; is also known as Amylase. Here it is a list of alternative known names::

Ptyalin; in other languages or writings:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Ptyalin; in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. ≈ 0 %
Molecular weight 50.000 - 100.000 daltons


  1. Dewit O, Dibba B, Prentice A. Breast-milk amylase activity in English and Gambian mothers: effects of prolonged lactation, maternal parity, and individual variations. Pediatr Res. 1990 Nov;28(5):502-6. Abstract
  2. Hegardt P, Lindberg T, Börjesson J, Skude G. Amylase in human milk from mothers of preterm and term infants. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 1984 Sep;3(4):563-6. Abstract
  3. Lindberg T, Skude G. Amylase in human milk. Pediatrics. 1982 Aug;70(2):235-8. Abstract

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