Adolescent breast development is just one of the many changes that girls have to deal with as they head into their teen years. All the changes to her body can be scary for some girls, while other girls worry that they may not be developing as quickly as they'd like. Knowing what to expect in breast development can help put a girls' mind at ease. There are five basic stages of breast growth, but this article will only focus on the noticeable changes and when to worry and when not to worry. The first stage is pre-puberty and is typically not noticed. During this stage of adolescent breast development, there may be a slightly raised nipple. Other than that, there are no outward signs of a change. Typically, breast development will start to appear about a year before a young girl starts menstruating and is one of the first signs of puberty. The breasts will initially appear very small and are called "breast buds". The nipple area may appear a bit puffy, but this stage may not be very noticeable either, especially at first.
Initial Signs of Adolescent Breast Development
Here's an overview of the major physical changes girls can expect as they go through puberty:. Girls usually begin puberty between the ages of 8 and 13 years old. The earliest sign of puberty in most girls is the development of breast "buds," nickel-sized bumps under the nipple. It is not unusual for breast growth to start on one side before the other. It's also common for breast buds to be somewhat tender or sore. Uneven breast growth and soreness are both totally normal and usually improve with time.
After Menstruation Begins
Breast exams help doctors check that everything's normal. During a breast exam, a doctor or nurse practitioner will feel a woman's breasts to check any lumps and bumps and see if there are changes since the last exam. Doctors don't usually start doing breast exams until a woman is in her 20s. Most teens don't need breast exams. That's because it's rare for girls to have breast problems.
It's not a new practice, but it has just recently been recognized by the United Kingdom government as a form of child abuse. In fact, the United Nations estimates there could be up to 3. Instead, mothers believe they are protecting their daughters from sexual abuse, rape or getting unwanted attention from boys at too young an age. A woman named Comfort told the BBC she still remembers running from her sister, who allegedly abused her by doing breast ironing on her when Comfort was 9. Margaret now runs a charity in London to help young girls who have been through breast ironing. We have seen girls who have difficulties breastfeeding because the breast milk is not flowing. Psychotherapist Leyla Hussein said the psychological impacts breast ironing have on a girl are far-reaching: post-traumatic stress, severe depression, body dysmorphia. She said a lot of the victims will struggle in relationships.