Last update Aug. 18, 2021

Alcohol (topical use, disinfectant)

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Disinfectant with bacteriostatic, bactericidal and, to a lesser extent, fungicidal and viricidal properties.

Its absorption and likeliness of passing into plasma through the skin is negligible.

Alcohol, as a topical antiseptic, is compatible with breastfeeding (WHO 2002).

See below the information of this related product:

  • Alcohol (alcoholic beverage) ( Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use safer alternative or interrupt breastfeeding 3 to 7 T ½ (elimination half-lives). Read the Comment.)


We do not have alternatives for Alcohol (topical use, disinfectant) since it is relatively safe.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM team, and are based on updated scientific publications. It is not intended to replace the relationship you have with your doctor but to compound it.

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.

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Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 46 daltons


  1. WHO / UNICEF. BREASTFEEDING AND MATERNAL MEDICATION Recommendations for Drugs in the Eleventh WHO Model List of Essential Drugs. Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development (WHO/UNICEF) 2002 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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