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Aloe use while Breastfeeding

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 8, 2023.

Drugs containing Aloe: OraMagic Rx, Regenecare, Carrington Oral Wound Rinse, Lidotrex, Regenecare HA, Alcortin A

Aloe Levels and Effects while Breastfeeding

Summary of Use during Lactation

Aloe vera gel consists of the clear gel from the center of fresh leaves of Aloe vera and related aloes. Active ingredients include mono- and polysaccharides (e.g., acemannan, glucomannan), allantoin, enzymes (e.g., cyclooxygenase, amylase, lipase, alkaline phosphatase, carboxypeptidase), and salicylic acid. It should not be confused with Aloe latex which comes from the inner portion of the skin and contains potent anthraquinone laxatives. Aloe latex should not be used during breastfeeding.[1]

Aloe vera gel has been used topically on the nipples during nursing to help heal cracked nipples. A meta-analysis of studies on nipple pain and irritation concluded that Aloe vera can be considered a choice for relieving breast pain or irritation in lactating women compared with routine care or another treatment.[2] Aloe outperformed olive oil, lanolin and breastmilk[3-5] Topical aloe has also been combined with a cactus leaf preparation and massage to treat engorgement.[6] Aloe arborescens gel from leaves applied as a poultice to the nipples of nursing mothers reduced the redness of the nipples compared to a control group.[7] If Aloe is applied to the nipples, it should be washed off before nursing the infant because the taste might adversely affect nursing or cause diarrhea in the infant.[8,9] Aloe vera gel has caused itching, burning, and allergic contact dermatitis, possibly from contamination with the irritating latex from the leaves.[10,11]

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Drug Levels

Maternal Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Infant Levels. Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects in Breastfed Infants

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.

Effects on Lactation and Breastmilk

Relevant published information was not found as of the revision date.


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Substance Identification

Substance Name


Scientific Name

Aloe vera

CAS Registry Number


Drug Class

Breast Feeding


Milk, Human

Complementary Therapies


Plants, Medicinal

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