How Much to Thicken
If thickening is recommended to reduce spit-ups, start with a slightly thick consistency and increase if needed. If thickening is recommended due to swallowing difficulties, follow your healthcare provider’s instructions carefully.
Always follow CDC guidelines on safe handling and storage of breast milk and prepared formula. Most liquids can be prepared with Gelmix up to 24 hours in advance & rewarmed for feeding. If served cold, the mixture will be thicker.
Tips on Thickening Breast Milk
Breast milk tends to be thinner than regular infant formulas. For best results, mix Gelmix with freshly expressed breast milk at body temperature.
Gelmix may also be mixed with previously frozen or thawed milk, however once breast milk is brought to room temperature or warmed after storing, it should be used within 2 hours. Breast milk should not be rewarmed more than once.
Tips on Thickening Formula & Water
Thickened water may be stored in a clean, sealed container at room temperature for up to 24 hours. When ready to feed, just mix in powder formula.
Elemental formulas tend to be thinner than regular infant formulas. Prepared formula with Gelmix may be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours. Use prepared infant formula within 1 hour from when feeding begins.