My son is almost 5.5 months old. Over the last week he has refused to nurse during the day. Everytime i try to nurse him, he cries/screams and arches his back. Or he'll bite down and unlatch and laugh/smile. He only nurses overnight and early in the morning without a fuss.

Since he was 2 wks old, he has been getting formula 1 or 2x a day in a bottle and the rest of the feedings have been on the breast (4 or 5 a day).

I think there are a couple of reasons why all of a sudden he has lost interest.
1. I introduced rice cereal 2 weeks ago but just 1 or 2 tablespoons a day
2. I just got my period for the first time 4 days ago.

My question is - how to deal with it? I'm not ready to wean him now. I'd still like to give him breast at least 3x a day.

How often should i pump to keep my supply up? Is this strike temporary? How can you get a baby to want to nurse again?

I wanted to make it to 6 mths where he would nurse 4 times. I'm sad he does not want to anymore.

I would appreciate any advice you have. Thanks.