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Old 01-25-2014, 08:02 PM - Thread Starter
 
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My just 9-yo daughter is developing breasts, or seems to be, but the swelling under the right nipple seems very firm and cyst-like and is causing irritation.  The left nipple might or might not be developing, but is soft.  The right *looks* normal, except some redness around the edges where it has been irritated.  It also feels quite a bit larger than last week.  I don't remember developing being like that.

 

Thoughts and experience?  I flunked "First Loose Baby Tooth" because I didn't think 4.5yo didn't get loose teeth, so I'm hesitant to visit a nurse over this and flunk "Breast Buds 101".  Or is this something that needs a visit?


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Its normal to feel like there is a bump under them, and it will be tender, and they can develop one at a time or asymmetrically at first. 


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Thanks.  It does all look so normal. I guess I never remember them feeling so firm when I was growing up, so I was surprised.  Every one is different, I suppose


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My 8.5 year old is in the same boat.  Some days she tells me that her nipples hurt, some days she forgets about them, sometimes she only notices one.  She definitely has breast buds (felt by my DH who is a pediatrician the first time she reported soreness to make sure nothing else was going on...she is young, so he wasn't expecting it!) but I don't believe they are growing fast enough for us to see.  DH said that breast buds definitely feel very firm, almost like a little Frisbee, if that helps.

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It does help, because frankly I remember nothing like this growing up.  DD had been reading her American Girl body books and it was timely because she identified it almost right away, though she first discovered it from slinking across a wood floor (bam!  ow!)  8-9 seems so young, but I think I was fairly in the middle when I developed at 9.5- 10yo.

 

We did stop and get her a little cami/bra to help with the chaffing and irritation.  It took me until 8th grade before my mother finally bought me a bra, and I wasn't going to make dd wait if it was causing her discomfort.  They are just a stretchy little sports bra, flat, but she loves them and is more comfortable in them.  She occasionally refers to her "breasts" so I know she is excited and I even had to tell her that at her birthday party people feel awkward talking about a girl's breasts, so keep the excited talk in our immediate family, please.  I swear she would have told everybody!


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