Last update Feb. 20, 2016



Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

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 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.

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
4.8 hours
Theoretical Dose 0.26 mg/Kg/d
Relative Dose 5.2 %


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