Last update Dec. 26, 2017

Sodium Sulfate

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Osmotic laxatives are often used to cleanse the bowel before medical procedures.
They base their action on the very little or nothing they are absorbed and by this means forcing the water to enter the intestine with the result of watery diarrhea.

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

Another laxative with similar estructure which is Sodium Picosulfate (see specific info) is not excreted into breast milk

Be aware of drinking enough fluids to avoid dehydration of the nursing mother who is already loosing water by producing about 1 liter of milk a day.

See below the information of this related product:


We do not have alternatives for Sodium Sulfate 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

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Thank you for helping to protect and promote breastfeeding.

José María Paricio, founder of e-lactancia.

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Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. baja - Poor %
Molecular weight 322 daltons


  1. Friedrich C, Richter E, Trommeshauser D, de Kruif S, van Iersel T, Mandel K, Gessner U. Absence of excretion of the active moiety of bisacodyl and sodium picosulfate into human breast milk: an open-label, parallel-group, multiple-dose study in healthy lactating women. Drug Metab Pharmacokinet. 2011 Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Mahadevan U, Kane S. American gastroenterological association institute technical review on the use of gastrointestinal medications in pregnancy. Gastroenterology. 2006 Jul;131(1):283-311. Review. Abstract Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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