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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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I am 11 and I think I may need a bra but I do not have the nerve to ask my mum :(

helpful person

hi if you want to ask for a bra I have some tips. ik it sounds like I'm weird using metaphors but its like just before you don't want to but you know is gonna be fun for example for me jumping off stuff even from a low ground or even into something soft you need just jump in. so have a normal conversation and just say this: "mum I think I need a bra can I buy one online or go shopping with you" and once you start to say it it will be fine and remember she's been in your situation


I'm so happpppy I found this page because I didn't completely understand what a breast bud was I thought it was a pea sized lump underneath the nipple but no its flat but like a lump the size of 10p every other site is American so I didn't know what a nickel was I'm so grateful now I know my breasts have budded I'm so grateful thank you


I am 11 and I have been growing my boobs for about a year or 2 now and I still have breast buds I don`t know if it`s normal to have them that long and I am so thank full for how much support and howmany people I could say I have that problem too to or I didn`t know that thank you. This place is well and truely amazing.


Could someone please reach out to kitty cat about her worry? That's so sad!! Kitty Cat don't be afraid to ask for a bra this is a normal thing that you are going through.


I started getting breast buds around 8yrs old, then from 9-10 is when they grew a lot bigger.


My nipples had breast buds a year ago now and then they both left. Now im 13 and starting to feel pain whenever i touch them but no bud.


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