Nature’s Healthier Thickening Option
For Breast Milk & Formula
Gelmix is the first and only USDA certified organic thickener for breast milk, formula and other liquids, specifically formulated for pediatric use in America. Thickening liquids is sometimes recommended for infants with spit-up or vomiting, often present in conditions such as gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). While Gelmix was created as an alternative thickening option for infants, it can also be used by children and adults with dysphagia to thicken other liquids.
WHAT IS GELMIX?
Gelmix is a natural thickening powder for use with breast milk, formula and other liquids. Gelmix consists of an off-white fine powder that is odorless, tasteless and smooth when dissolved. The natural thickening properties of Gelmix activate in warm liquid, so Gelmix can be used with any liquid that can be warmed first.
ORGANIC CAROB BEAN GUM
Gelmix harnesses the properties of Carob Bean Gum, also known as Locust Bean Gum. It is commonly used throughout the food industry in Canada and the USA as a gelling and thickening agent, and has been used in Europe for decades as a thickener in the preparation of infant formula.
Gelmix consists of three ingredients: Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Organic Carob Bean Gum and Calcium Carbonate. For term born infants and children under 3 years old, Gelmix may be used to achieve up to a light honey-thick consistency. For adults and children over 3 years old, Gelmix may be used to achieve up to a spoon-thick consistency.
Manufactured in Florida, Gelmix is made with the highest quality standards and from the finest grade of organic ingredients. With your safety in mind, each batch undergoes a series of quality control tests and comes with double tamper-proof seals.
Gelmix comes in a wide, easy to use, resealable jar with a 1.2g measuring scoop. Tightly recap the jar between uses and store in a cool, dry place, protected from heat and light. Gelmix is also available in convenient single serving stick packs.
For best results, mix Gelmix powder into lukewarm liquid (about 100°F) per dosage recommendations below.
(aka Thin Nectar)
|Add 2 Scoops (1 Stick Pack) for 5-6 fl oz
|Add 2 Scoops (1 Stick Pack) for 3-4 fl oz
Jars include a 1.2g scoop for mixing smaller increments.
Single serving stick packs include 2.4g of thickening powder.
- Sprinkle the powder into the milk (vs dropping in a compressed scoop of powder).
- Mix well until powder is completely dissolved.
- Allow to thicken 5 minutes, then mix again before feeding.
- Always test temperature before feeding.
- Discard leftover preparation.
To avoid gassiness, start with the lowest concentration, particularly for infants 6-12 lbs. Gassiness usually subsides within two weeks.
Gelmix is safe for infants born term (> 37 weeks) who weigh at least 6 lbs. It is not recommended for preterm infants until they are 2 weeks corrected age (42 weeks postmenstrual age) and weigh over 6 lbs.
It is not intended for use with pre-thickened formulas or in addition to other thickening products. Do not use for individuals with suspected galactosemia or allergy to galactomannans. Gelmix is a food supplement, not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Keep out of reach of children.
|Serving Size: 1 Packet (1.2g)|
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 5||Calories from Fat 0|
|% Daily Value *|
|Total Fat 0g||0%|
|Saturated Fat 0g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrate 1g||<1%|
|Dietary Fiber <1g||4%|
Vitamin A 0%, Vitamin C 0%, Calcium 0%, Iron 0%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
|Ingredients: Organic Tapioca Maltodextrin, Organic Carob Bean Gum, Calcium Carbonate|
What is Gelmix made of?
Gelmix is a USDA organic thickener for liquids. Its ingredients include organic tapioca maltodextrin (a starch), organic carob bean gum (a vegetable gum) and calcium carbonate.
Does Gelmix contain any common allergens?
No, Gelmix is free of all common allergens. Gelmix does not contain corn, soy, wheat, gluten, lactose or casein. Allergies to galactomannans are rare, however if it is suspected, do not use Gelmix.
Is Gelmix manufactured in the USA?
Yes, Gelmix is manufactured at a USDA organic certified GMP plant in South Florida. The USDA seal means that Gelmix follows the National Organic Program, which means less contamination with potentially harmful chemicals and no GMOs. Gelmix also undergoes strict manufacturing testing.
GENERAL MIXING QUESTIONS
Why is it necessary to heat up liquids before mixing in Gelmix?
It is required to warm liquids to allow Gelmix to dissolve entirely and bind with the liquid, ensuring a lasting viscosity. For best results, warm the liquid to between 95°F-110°F before mixing in Gelmix. Freshly expressed breast milk at body temperature (around 98.6°F) will suffice.
What kinds of liquids will Gelmix thicken?
Gelmix will thicken any liquids that can be warmed first. If you prefer your beverages cold, just warm the liquid to mix with Gelmix, then refrigerate for up to 24 hours.
What do I do if Gelmix is clumping?
Clumping is sometimes caused by overheating the liquid, but the most common cause for clumping is the way the powder comes out of the scoop. We recommend “sprinkling” the Gelmix from the scoop, rather than dropping a compressed scoop of powder into the milk. What can happen is the milk starts to bind with the compressed scoop of powder and creates a bubble at the top of the liquid that can be difficult to mix in just by swirling. Sprinkling the powder out of the scoop makes it easier to mix just by swirling, and gently shaking the bottle is also effective at getting any clumps out.
How thick can Gelmix make liquids?
For term born infants and children under 3 years old, Gelmix easily achieves Slightly Thick (aka Thin Nectar) and Mildy Thick (aka Nectar) viscosity.
Moderately Thick (aka Honey) liquids are not recommended for infants less than 1 year old, as they are more difficult to pass through a nipple and may increase risk of dehydration due to poor oral intake.
THICKENING BREAST MILK OR FORMULA
Is it safe to warm breast milk? How should I do it?
Gelmix mixes best in liquids warmed between 95-110°F. Freshly expressed breast milk at body temperature (around 98.6°F) will suffice. Thawed breast milk can be safely brought back to that temperature by placing it in a bottle and then placing the bottle in a glass with hot water until lukewarm. Breast milk should not be warmed more than once.
Can I mix breast milk ahead of time with Gelmix?
We do not recommend mixing breast milk and Gelmix in advance. In order to activate Gelmix, the milk has to be warmed, but in order to preserve the nutrients in breast milk it should not be warmed twice. Breast milk mixed with Gelmix may be stored in a sealed container at room temperature (up to 77°F) for up to 3 hours.
What is the best way to mix Gelmix with breast milk that does not involve shaking?
Gelmix will dissolve in breast milk at body temperature (freshly expressed or warmed), so you just need to swirl it gently to mix Gelmix in thoroughly. Although vigorous shaking could potentially take away the natural qualities of proteins present in breast milk, such as lysozyme and other proteins, gently swirling does not exert enough force to break the amino acid bonds of those proteins.
Is it safe to heat up formula?
According to formula manufacturers, the temperature required to dissolve Gelmix is not high enough to affect the nutrients in formula. However, they recommend against heating up formulas containing probiotics. Always follow your formula manufacturer’s instructions on heating and reheating formula.
Can I mix formula ahead of time with Gelmix?
Most formulas can be mixed in advance with Gelmix and the mixture will remain thick after they are mixed. Always follow your formula’s preparation and storage instructions. Our suggestion is that you use about 1/3 less Gelmix per bottle because it the mixture will gradually thicken slightly over time.
For powder formulas, you can also prepare just the water and Gelmix in advance, and then add formula when ready to feed. Gelmix continues to thicken liquids over time, so reducing concentration may be necessary (approx 1/3 less Gelmix). Gelmix + water can be stored in a clean sealed container at room temperature for up to 24 hours.
What if my infant experiences gassiness or loose stools when starting Gelmix?
Gelmix contains natural fiber, and transient gassiness is a common side effect among infants using Gelmix for the first time. Gassiness usually subsides within two weeks of use or by reducing the amount used. Always consult a physician if your infant exhibits any signs of dehydration.
Do I need to change the nipple size for thickened feeds?
Check nipple flow, as it may be necessary to change the nipple size for thickened feeds. If your infant appears to be working too hard to get the milk out of the bottle, try one size bigger. Not all babies have the same strength or drive, so it is not an exact science. For AR or half-nectar thick, Dr. Browns #2 or Y-Cut Nipple is popular.
The label on Nutramigen says it should not be heated. Can I use Gelmix with it?
Nutramigen LGG contains a type of probiotic that cannot withstand heat, if you want to preserve this probiotic, Gelmix should not be used with this type of Nutramigen. Nutramigen Lipil’s manufacturer says it is safe to heat up to 100.0°F; at this temperature Gelmix should dissolve as long as the bottle is mixed properly.
Can Gelmix be used with premature infants?
No, it is not recommended for preterm infants until they are 2 weeks corrected age (42 weeks postmenstrual age) and weigh over 6 lbs. Gelmix is safe for infants born term (>37 weeks) who weigh at least 6 lbs.
Gelmix and Purathick are available at these pharmacies:
Specialty Food Shop
The Hospital For Sick Children
110 Elm Street
Toronto, ON M5G 1X8
Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
401 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8L6
Pharmacie Georges Rizkallah
6140 boul Henri-Bourassa Est
Montreal, QC H1G 5X3
1150 Boulevard Saint-René O
Gatineau, QC J8T 6H1
8625 - 112 Street NW (Campus Tower, lower level)