My 9-year-old daughter is already starting to develop breasts. Is this normal? There's a wide range considered "normal" regarding when puberty starts and how fast it progresses.
There is no perfect shape or size for breasts. Normal breasts can be large or small, smooth or lumpy, and light or dark. Your breasts start growing when you begin puberty.
What age do breasts fully develop? How do breast start to develop? Are my breasts normal?
Some girls can't wait for them to come and look forward to their arrival as they would their birthday, first kiss, or a soccer championship. Other girls dread them as much as eating a big plate of Brussels sprouts or changing the kitty litter. But most girls have mixed feelings and are not quite sure why they have them and what to do about them. Boys don't have them, but they're likely to be curious about them.
In certain conditions, some girls start way earlier or way later than that. But for girls with a normal growth and development curve, puberty will start during their middle school or high school years. During puberty, there is a natural increase in the hormone estrogen in the body.
There is evidence of early puberty leading to increased risk of obesity, type 2 diabetes, heart disease and cancer — particularly breast cancer. Until now, unfortunately, scientists have poorly understood the processes that make some girls develop younger than others. But new findings from our research at the University of Glasgow solve a large part of the mystery and could have important health implications as a result.
It started happening to my year-old daughter this spring. The pants I hemmed up in June were too short by October, despite only being washed once. As a loving mom and adolescent medicine specialist, these are heady times for me.
It was always about the fine details and as usual I was already screwing up the second part. What did make sense was that we lived right across the highway from Dover Air Force Base. I was told about this country, Germany, which for me was a far away place that sounded so exotic and untouchable.
Thelarche is the onset of secondary breast development, which often represents the beginning of pubertal development. Pubertal changes, including breast development, are assessed using the Tanner Scale Sexual Maturity Rating Scale where stage 1 represents the lack of breast development, stage 2 is the breast budding or thelarche stage, stages 3 and 4 are continual breast growth and areolar development, and finally, stage 5 signifies completion of development. The growth and accumulation of adipose tissue in the breasts are induced by estrogenwhile the development of mammary glands and areolae are caused by progesterone ; both estrogen and progesterone are produced by ovaries. Premature thelarche is a benign condition in which a young female has breast development before the age of 8 without any accompanied pubertal changes.