The Art of the Report & Building Your Referrals

1.25 L-CERPs + 1.25 CEUs

Communicate and collaborate for effective lactation outcomes

Write a killer report to a doctor, get more referrals.

Can I tell you a secret?  Promise you won’t tell anyone else?  As a new IBCLC, I was totally intimidated about sending a doctor’s report to my client’s pediatrician.  In fact, unless there was something very wrong with the baby, I did not usually send one because they took forever to write, I felt like “Who am I to tell a doctor what is really going on with their patient?!”, and I felt like no one would read them anyway.  Yikes!  Shame on me IBCLC! 

I have since gotten a lot more education, and built a lot more confidence, and now I realize the value of doctor’s reports (to my client, to the physician, and to my business) and I send them every time (because that’s my job and ethical responsibility).  This course will also go over how to build your referral network.  Let’s identify who you know and how they can get you more business, and how do doctor’s reports come into play with referrals anyway? (clue- if you write a killer doctor’s report, you will get more referrals).

🎉 Bonus! Physician Report Handout

The Art of the Report & Building Your Referrals (1.25 L-CERP + 1.25 CEUs)

This content was all new to me. I keep reading about Dr. reports. Here in my community outside (of hospital /clinic) lactation visits aren’t considered from the providers perspective.

KatieAnn McKee RN IBCLC

This was a great training! I found it very helpful in thinking about how to start building up my referral list and who should be included. The handouts were also very helpful.

Jessi Sletten, CLC, PMH-C


  • The learner will come away from this talk with the tools to write a doctor’s report, the beginning of a collaboration with a health care provider.
  • The course participant will understand what to include in the report and what is not necessary.
  • The learner will gain more understanding and insight into growing their referral base.

IBLCE Content Outline

  • V. 6 Identifying support networks
  • VII. A. 7 Communications Technology
  • VII. B. 4 Documentation
  • VII. B. 6 Educating Professionals, Peers and Students
  • VII. C. 3 Code of Professional Conduct (CPC)
  • VII. C. 4 Principles of Confidentiality
  • VII. D. 3 Use research to help develop policies and protocols
The Art of the Report & Building Your Referrals (1.25 L-CERP + 1.25 CEUs)

Meet Your Instructor

Kate DiMarco Ruck, BA, IBCLC, CBS

Brooklyn-based Kate DiMarco Ruck, BA, IBCLC, CBS is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist providing breast/chest/bodyfeeding support to families in the New York City Metro Area.

Kate is a compassionate and knowledgeable IBCLC trained in the Oral Habilitation of the Breastfeeding Dyad, and Rhythmic Movement and Reflexes in the Infant.

Kate has volunteered internationally within refugee communities through Carry The Future, providing necessary breastfeeding support and aid during emergency situations.

She is an active participant in the local, national and international lactation community. 

Kate currently serves on the board of New York Lactation Consultants Association as Education/Events Coordinator and Marketing/Outreach Director.

Kate enjoys collaborating with her colleagues, through brainstorming on client situations, speaking together at conferences, and organizing events for professional development.  Kate is continually attending professional conferences and trainings to keep up with the evolving field of human lactation in order to provide the best possible care for her clients. 

Kate is founder of The Parenting Studio- a community space in Brooklyn, NY.  Kate lives with her husband Ken, and two formerly breastfed children, Orion (13) and Josie (10), and they all really want a pandemic dog.

The Art of the Report & Building Your Referrals (1.25 L-CERP + 1.25 CEUs)