A Sign of Early Puberty: Breast Tenderness
One of the first signs your 8-to-10 year old daughter will notice when her body is changing will be breast tenderness. As the hormones of puberty slowly ramp up in her body, tiny glands in her breast will start to develop. They might feel like little lumps. She will also notice that her nipple is more obvious, looking a little larger and more prominent. It might also have some slight tenderness.
These little lumps are called breast buds. While usually they appear on both sides at the same time, but it is also common for one breast to have them before the other.
This is such an exciting time for mom and daughter! It marks the beginning of a beautiful transition in your daughter’s life and the realization for you that your daughter is maturing.
Take time to make it special in whatever way you and your daughter choose to celebrate.
If you’re interested in learning more about the changes that take place in early puberty, please read our second book, I’m a Girl: My Changing Body.
Hello,Comment by Leyla on August 22, 2019 at 9:28 pm
I’m really worry about my 4 years old daughter who has bigger than normal breasts. But there is no more signs of early puberty. Please tell me it’s normal. Thanks for your consideration.
Dr. Metten says: Your daughter is a little young to be entering puberty. This might be normal growth, but I suggest you talk to your doctor about the changes you are seeing.Comment by Leah Singer on October 13, 2020 at 6:58 am
Literally I’m 13 and this is happening rn. I am so flat I don’t think this is a time to celebrate.Comment by Jessica on May 13, 2020 at 7:10 am
Can someone give me some advice about my 13 soon to be 14 yr old who her breast size is currently a D, and on viewing, they are identical in looks and shape to those on older 18 year olds. This is becoming some what of a problem with males, both teens, and even 30yr old men as all they see is her breasts and dont see her as a child. The issue is, she loves the attention, she wears small tops with large cleavage and seems to like the control over the men where there have been times she has made or. rubbed her nipples hard poke out alike as if she is aroused! I recently heard that she and another friend of hers take photos on their cell phones and send them in for money and competitions and have since won money. I cant just tie her up or lock her in her bedroom she’s already taken a liking to her Australian male cousin (24) which IM sure they are up to sexual activity but I don’t know what can do, she looks like an adult,please help.Comment by Jodie Greene on September 3, 2020 at 8:20 am
Dr. Metten says: I would suggest that you have a discussion with your daughter’s doctor about these concerns. I am sure they would have suggestions about how to help her through this important transition.Comment by Leah Singer on October 13, 2020 at 6:57 am
i am 9 year old i am a girl ….how i will know my breast size ? plz tell me thank u in advancedComment by Abhilasha on November 28, 2020 at 3:12 am
Hi. Saw this online. My 9 year old daughter her other breast is a little lumpy but the other one is flat. I don’t know if something bit her. Need help. She said it doesn’t hurt when she’s scratching.Comment by Aiza M. on February 1, 2021 at 9:06 pm