Last update Sept. 29, 2011


High Risk

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

It is a halogenated hydrocarbon product. A fluid industrially used in dry cleaning, oil and stain removal. Appropriate ventilation is required to keep TLV-TWA less than 50 ppm (339mg/m3).
It is irritant to skin and mucous surfaces, and a CNS depressant substance. Accidentally occurring exposure is very dangerous to the mother (TLV-STEL must be less than 200 ppm=1357mg/m3). In case of such exposure, the mother should stop nursing the baby for the next 15 days (a case of one infant who developed severe jaundice after having been nursed by a recent exposed women). It is worth to test levels on breast milk.


We do not have alternatives for Tetrachloroethylene.

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.

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Variable Value Unit
Molecular weight 166 daltons
M/P ratio 3.3 -


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