Is Guar Gum compatible with breastfeeding? Do we have alternatives for Guar Gum?

Guar Gum

July 31, 2017 (Very Low Risk)

Natural polysaccharide obtained from the seeds of the leguminous plant cyamopsis tetragonolobus.
Indigestible and unabsorbable, it reduces the intestinal absorption of nutrients (carbohydrates, fats). It has satiating properties and is a mild laxative.
It is a thickener and gelling agent used in the food and pharmaceutical industries. Devoid of toxicity.

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

Its pharmacokinetic data (very high molecular weight and lack of intestinal absorption) make it very unlikely that significant amounts would pass into breast milk, or be absorbed by the infant.

Diet, exercise, and breastfeeding improve blood sugar levels.

See below the information of this related product:


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.


  • Calcutta lucerne
  • E412
  • Jaguar Gum


  • Cyamopsis tetragonolobus (Latin, botanical name)
  • Guar galactomannanum (Latin, another name)
  • Κόμμι Γκούαρ (Greek)
  • Гуаровая Камедь (Cyrillic)


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  2. Acofarma. Goma guar. Ficha técnica. 2010 Full text (in our servers)
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