Is Activated Charcoal compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Activated Charcoal?

Activated Charcoal

October 11, 2017 (Very Low Risk)

Powdered carbon with high adsorption levels.
Administrated orally, it adsorbs drugs and toxins, avoiding their absorption from the gastrointestinal tract. It also has uses as an antidiarrheal and antiflatulent and for marking breast lesions in mammography.

Since the last update we have not found published data about its excretion in breast milk.

Its zero intestinal absorption (Torbet 2005, AEMPS 1998) prevents its passing into plasma and therefore into breast milk.

It use is permitted in infants under one year old (Pediamecum 2015).


We do not have alternatives for Activated Charcoal since it is relatively safe.

Very Low Risk

Compatible. Not risky for breastfeeding or infant.

Low Risk

Moderately safe. Mild risk possible. Follow up recommended. Read the Comment.

High Risk

Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully. Use a safer alternative. Read the Comment.

Very High Risk

Not recommended. Cessation of breastfeeding or alternative.


  • Carbo Activatus
  • Carbo Medicinalis
  • Medicinal Charcoal


  • Ενεργοποιημένο κάρβουνο (Greek)
  • كربون نشط (Arabic)
  • Активированный Уголь (Cyrillic)
  • 活性炭 (Chinese)
  • 薬用炭 (Japanese)
  • Charbon activé (French)
  • C (Molecular formula)
  • A07BA (ATC Code/s)


  1. Pediamecum. Carbón activado Ficha pediátrica. 2015 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)
  2. Torbet. Activated Charcoal. Drug Summary. 2005 Full text (in our servers)
  3. AEMPS. Carbón activado. Ficha técnica. 1998 Full text (in our servers)