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BREAST BUDS

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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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elsie.x

I don't get it I started budding at nine and had a little bit of breast tissue until 11 (which I am right now) but for some reason it just randomly stopped for over a year. Whats happening to me!

princessO

I like that lil-lets teens tells me everything i need to know

Ka

Helpful 😊 thanks I bet a lot of girls think they have something wrong with them so yeah helpful.

annie1

hi this is very helpful thanks.❤️

CCBEAR

before reading this i was so nervous! i tried to convince my mum to take me to the doctors but she said it was normal. I did not believe her ! after a couple of months my right bud still unfortunately looked swollen.At this point i thought it would be like that forever!!!The funny thing is i am so clumsy so it hit my bud like a million times,i thought this was why it was sore and i had ruined my LIFE!So the point of this was that... this is so helpful THANK YOU!!!! (i was 11 when this happened and am sill 11 : )

Unknown1111

how long should these buds go away after ?

Sisibear

I started budding around 11 years old and I am 12 now. My nipples are it itchy and extremely tender. After reading this I found this is a normal feeling. Thanks!

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