• Adrienne Koznek, IBCLC

Getting to Know Me: Questions I'm Frequently Asked

Hey there, it's me.

I'm sub optimal at keeping up with blogging. I have, however, noticed a pattern of questions I'm asked often, so I thought I'd compile them here. It's also an excuse to show off my super cute cactus bag I use for my home visits. So here we go:

Why did you become a lactation consultant?

I personally had a very difficult time breastfeeding my own baby (who is now seven - which, how is that possible?). We got off to a very rough start, and if I could go back in time, I would change basically everything I did to handle it. Fortunately, I was able to work through the problems we were having and my story had a happy ending. When my son was about 9 months old, I decided that I wanted to help parents so they didn't have to go through what I went through and chose to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. I had the passion, so I just needed the expertise.

How did you become a lactation consultant?

A lot of school. A lot of hands on work with babies and parents. A lot of studying for a very long board exam.

What does Wy'east mean?

Wy'east was the original name given to Mount Hood by the Multnomah tribe. I grew up near Mount Hood so it has always had a special place in my heart. It's a fitting way to pay tribute to my home.

What made you choose Social Science for your bachelor's degree?

I have a degree in Social Science from Portland State University, which I received long before my days of lactation support. I went for a social science degree because I loved studying people and women's studies - and I didn't want to take statistics, which I would have needed for a sociology degree. (In a surprising twist, I still had to learn statistics to take the board exam).

Where were you when I had my babies?

I know. I wish I could have helped you!

Who took your amazing photos on your web site?

That would be the kind and talented Meg Ross with Meg Ross Photography. Check out her work here.

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