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Developing breast buds is one of the first signs of puberty and a lot of girls find this part of growing up awkward and confusing. To help you learn everything there is to know about budding boobs, we’ve put together a few facts that will make everything feel clearer and more normal.

Every girl develops breast buds at different times to her friends. Some girls notice breasts starting to grow as early as seven years old, and for others, it can be in the later part of her teenage years.

  • Breast buds are the first indication that something is going on in this area…but what is a breast bud? Breast development, or to give it its technical name ‘thelarche’, starts with a small lump being noticed under the skin and behind the nipple about the size of a ten pence piece.
  • A breast bud can feel quite hard to the touch and is often tender or sore.
  • Budding boobs are made of tissue, milk glands and fat.
  • The nipple and areola (that coloured ring surrounding the nipple) may start to protrude and even look a little swollen as the bud starts to grow. Breast buds can feel itchy during this time as the skin starts to stretch and grow.
  • Breast buds don’t always develop at the same time and lots of girls can mistakenly think this lump is something more serious because it has only happened in one breast. This is not something to worry about. It can take up to six months for the other breast to start developing and this is completely normal.
  • Budding boobs don’t need support during this time, so there is no need to wear a bra. But if you experience tenderness, you may find a soft cup bra or crop top helpful.
  • Breast buds are not replaced by anything else, nor do they disappear. They simply continue to grow into the breast shape we all recognise.

For more help and information, check out our boobs and bras advice blog


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Hi I’m ____

This article was helpful to read and good to learn new things I have breast buds and have had them sense Christmas right now it’s January it’s anoyying tho cause all of my friends already have boobs and there at least an A cup unlike some girls I really want boobs and I’ve wanted them for awhile but it’s annouing cause sense I’m now in middle school (12 yrs old) it’s normal to already have your period and I’m literally the only one in the school that doesn’t have boobs so ya Now that I’ve complained... my question is about how long does it take a breast bud to advance to a boob?


Thanks Only one has grown I was worried

Two for two

I never had these but my daughter (who is 9) has them on one side and she always complains about how much it hurts - what can I do to help her relieve the pain/tenderness?


I got my buds a year ago but no full breasts yet though I really want my period cause my twin sister has just got hers


I had this when I was 9, I had the startings of a boob on the left side while still totally flat the other!!! Not long after I went running into my mum's bedroom at 6am one morning coz the other side had 'appeared' over night!!!! That's when I started wearing bras!!! It was around the same time I was getting pubic hair.


I want to know if I have breast buds, but I'm a little confused as to what exactly they are. What do they look like?

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