Warning: This post talks about puberty, and also has some personal stories in it. Some things may make some people uncomfortable or feel weird. Believe me, I felt a little weird writing this post, but this stuff is nothing to be ashamed of. This post is intended for GIRLS, mostly younger girls who are just starting to go through puberty to give them some pointers and advice. Please keep in mind that I am not a doctor so I can't give medical advice.
Some of us just can't wait to get them. We all get them at some point, some earlier and some later than others. They come in a wide range of sizes. A few of us may even say its our favorite feature. Guys seem to be obsessed with them for some reason. They are, none other than, BREASTS! Or boobs, jugs, jumblies, bazongas, or whatever you choose to call them. Anyways, we all get them, whether we want them or not. It's just another one of those great things about being a woman.
Personally, getting boobs was probably what I was most excited about when it came to puberty. I've wanted them since I was little, although I don't know why. But I certainly got my wish, and I actually developed a bit earlier than other girls in my school, but not to early. I was about 11, so it was around the right time. I just developed a bit faster than a lot of other girls. I actually kind of enjoyed it, LOL! Well aside from some of the other kids saying they were fake and that I must have had implants, but that was one thing I learned to take as a compliment rather quickly.
Some girls may get breasts even earlier, or even later. Breasts can start growing anywhere between age 8 and 13, maybe even a little later. They may grow slowly or quickly, but that all depends on your body. All girls bodies are different, so don't fret if you don't develop at the same rate as your friends, or even as your sister. You may not even be fully developed until you're about 16, or you could be fully developed as early as 13 or 14. It all depends on your body.
The weirdest thing for me was when my boobs first started growing, although I knew what it was, it was still so strange the way they grew. (And this is where writing this gets a bit awkward... LOL! But if it could help someone it's worth it. Plus it's nothing to be ashamed of.) When I was about 11, started noticing that area starting to get a bit puffy. I knew then that my breasts were developing. However they were a bit uneven, so I just wanted to hide it at the time. They were uneven for a while as they were growing, but they eventually evened out and grew at the same rate when I was about 12. It seemed so strange to me, and I admit it was a bit embarrassing at the time. Especially with the fact that I was just starting middle school.
It's completely normal for breasts to grow at different rates, and having one be a little larger then the other while they are growing. They WILL even out at some point, don't worry. They may also have a weird shape while they are growing, which is also normal. It's nothing to be ashamed of. Wearing a bra will help it out a lot, and around the time you start getting a bit puffy around the nipples, you need to start looking for bras.
It may seem a bit difficult to tell your mom that you need to start buying bras, it was certainly hard for me to bring up anything about growing up to my mom. But she's been through the same thing, and she knows that it's coming for you. You may get the "my baby is growing up!" but it isn't that bad, and you'll be glad you said something. It's best not to try to hide it, she'll know eventually. My mom understood it perfectly, and took me bra shopping. She knew anyways that I've always wanted boobs and bras anyways since I was young, since I'd constantly ask when I could have boobs and wear a bra, so this part of puberty wasn't the hardest to tell her. However, I know that this isn't easy for a lot of girls, but really my best advice on this is to just take a deep breath, and tell her in some way, casually, or even better, straight up.
You're not going to need a big cup size right away, and when you first start growing, you most likely won't even be an A cup. I started off with a few pairs of training bras. These are meant for girls who are just starting to develop, and can even be worn before you start getting boobs to get into the practice of wearing a bra. Try to look for fun cute designs to make it even more fun for you, and don't forget to get at least 7 pairs for the week. They don't have to be to fancy, but get something you think is cute and feel comfortable in. This will help especially if you have to change clothes for gym, just for a little confidence, just don't spend to much money on a single bra while you are still growing. Save the Victoria's Secret bras for until you are fully grown. There are plenty of cute, yet cheap bras at stores like Walmart and Target.
It would be impossible to get into everything there is to know about getting breasts into one post, and quite honestly, although I have personal experience I don't know everything. I'm obviously not a doctor so I can't give any medical advice, but if you have any questions, please leave them in the comments section, and I'll answer them the best that I can. Also feel free to answer other girls questions, as we are all here to help one another. I will elaborate more on certain things in the future, but it is my hope that this post will help to get someone started. Please feel free to leave your personal experiences here if you wish, it might just help someone else out. :)
Remember there is no such thing as a dumb question!