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Safe substance and/or breastfeeding is the best option.

Seed widely used in the cuisine of many cultures since ancient times. Seeds and oil are used for consumption.
The seeds are very rich in calories, proteins, unsaturated fats and calcium. It contains large amounts of phytoestrogens and sesamin that transforms into enterolactone.
Sesame oil is used as solvent-excipient (carrier) in numerous injectable drugs.

It has no proven effect as galactogogue although in some cultures it is traditionally used to increase milk production.

Sesame allergy is rare. They have been described contact dermatitis and sesame sensitizations through antenatal consumption by the mother.

At latest update no published data on excretion into breast milk was found.

Given its lack of toxicity, moderate consumption during lactation would have little or no risk.
When sesame oil is topically used, do not apply it on the chest, otherwise clean it up before nursing the baby to prevent ingestion or appearance of allergic reactions in the infant.

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

Sesame is also known as

Sesame in other languages or writings:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Sesame in its composition:


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