I am a breastfeeding mother and i want to know if it is safe to use Saccharin? Is Saccharin safe for nursing mother and child? Does Saccharin extracts into breast milk? Does Saccharin has any long term or short term side effects on infants? Can Saccharin influence milk supply or can Saccharin decrease milk supply in lactating mothers?

Saccharin lactation summary

Saccharin is safe in breastfeeding
  • DrLact safety Score for Saccharin is 1 out of 8 which is considered Safe as per our analyses.
  • A safety Score of 1 indicates that usage of Saccharin is mostly safe during lactation for breastfed baby.
  • Our study of different scientific research also indicates that Saccharin does not cause any serious side effects in breastfeeding mothers.
  • Most of scientific studies and research papers declaring usage of Saccharin safe in breastfeeding are based on normal dosage and may not hold true for higher dosage.
  • Score calculated using the DrLact safety Version 1.2 model, this score ranges from 0 to 8 and measures overall safety of drug in lactation. Scores are primarily calculated using publicly available case studies, research papers, other scientific journals and publically available data.

Answer by Dr. Ru: About Saccharin usage in lactation

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.

Answer by DrLact: About Saccharin usage in lactation

Because of the low levels of saccharin in breastmilk, amounts ingested by the infant after typical maternal intake are small and would not be expected to cause any adverse effects in breastfed infants. However, some authors suggest that women may wish to limit the consumption of nonnutritive sweeteners while breastfeeding because their effect on the nursing infants are unknown.[1][2]
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