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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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My breast bud in my left breast stopped growing and went away but my right breast bud is still growing.


I'm 9, and I recently notice I'm starting to grow breast buds on one side only. I know it's normal and I'm that age. My mum knows and I think I might have to ask for a training or Sporty bra soon, but I dont know how to.


i had breast buds 2 years ago and there was even growth in one, they slowly disappeared and now one side has one but shows no growth ,the other has one and shows very little growth .what does it mean?

pls help me

I have had breast buds for sooo long and there is still no change. All my friends are ahead and I’m so self conscious. I’ve told my mom everything but she doesn’t seem to understand how insecure I feel. She took me to the doctor for a checkup and I told my doctor and she told me to be patient but it’s been like a year since both my breast buds have caught up to each other. How long is it going to take until I look like all my friends. Ugh


i had breast buds like an year ago but it disappeared for like 1-2 weeks... they haven't grow back yet, is it normal and what should i do? i'm super worried...


This has been helpful as I am 11 and I have had breast buds for around 1 1/2 years.


This helped a lot. I am 11 years old and have start to notice them for a few mounths now. Thanks a lot.


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