Last update May 19, 2021


Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Noble, inert, non-explosive gas, present in the atmosphere at a low concentration.
Mixed with oxygen it is used as a general anesthetic.

Its lack of metabolism in the body, rapid pulmonary elimination in a few minutes and lack of fat solubility explain why xenon levels in breast milk are undetectable after xenon anesthesia (Stuttmann 2010).

If any trace of xenon were left in breast milk, it would diffuse into the air in a matter of seconds (Stuttmann 2010) and, furthermore, its zero oral bioavailability prevents the passage into the infant’s plasma from ingested breast milk.

After xenon anesthesia, the mother can breastfeed as soon as she is awake, alert, and fit and able to hold her baby.

See below the information of this related product:


We do not have alternatives for Xenon 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

Xenon in other languages or writings:


Xenon belongs to this group or family:


Main tradenames from several countries containing Xenon in its composition:


Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 0 %
Molecular weight 131 daltons
0.1 hours


  1. Stuttmann R, Schäfer C, Hilbert P, Meyer MR, Maurer HH. The breast feeding mother and xenon anaesthesia: four case reports. Breast feeding and xenon anaesthesia. BMC Anesthesiol. 2010 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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