What are breast buds?

OK, you know that flowers can have buds, but boobs? Yes, breast buds are a real thing. It's a way that doctors describes an early stage in breast development. When girls are little, chests start out flat. But in puberty, breasts start to grow and they have to start from something. They start from a raised bump called a breast bud.

When you're growing up, chemicals in your body called hormones tell your body to start changing. One of those changes is when breast buds start to form.

Lots of girls have been asking about breast buds lately, so we thought we'd give an explanation. Here's what they say at KidsHealth.org about breast buds:

A breast bud is like a small raised bump behind the nipple. After breast budding happens, the nipple and the circle of skin around the nipple (called the areola) get bigger and a little darker. Then the area around the nipple and areola starts to grow into a breast.

As breasts keep growing, they may be pointy for a while before becoming rounder and fuller.

Read more HERE.

So breast buds are normal and some girls say they can be tender, especially if bumped. But if you have questions about the way your breasts look or feel, it's good to ask your mom or your doctor.

Think pink!


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Anonymous Bats in the belfry said...

Mine do feel tender. Like, if I get elbowed or something it HURTS.

September 8, 2012 at 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Born2Bme said...

um gals? i have a question! one of my breastbuds is more tender and...like, bigger. the other i can ahrdly feel at all! is this normal? er... should i be worried?

September 8, 2012 at 3:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FINALLY i know what they are! i was like sooo worried!
@ Born2Bme , same here but i dont think it's a big deal or ask anybody u trust if u r really concerned :)

September 8, 2012 at 6:22 PM  
Anonymous BerrySorbet said...

Thank You very much for this article,Jemma! It helped me so much! :)

September 9, 2012 at 1:57 AM  
Anonymous Laniejanie said...

Omg thx so much I needed this article! My nipples are like hard now! They're breast buds! My breasts hurt too!!!:)

September 9, 2012 at 8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

what happens if you have a hard round thing like a marble behind your boob?

September 10, 2012 at 3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's just a breast bud.

September 10, 2012 at 9:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How do you tell if you have buds?
It usually feels like a big mento under your nipples, and they hurt when you touch them.Trust me. I going through this.

September 11, 2012 at 4:34 PM  
Anonymous Sunny said...

Thanks sooooo much for this article! I needed this. Your a life saver

September 11, 2012 at 9:26 PM  
Anonymous pubertymadness said...

What if my boobs are reaalllyyy biggg ? I mean boys stare at my chest and i am like whaat ?

Help meee....
Thinking pink ! :)

September 15, 2012 at 1:16 PM  
Anonymous katelynla said...

@pubertymadness Say- what ARE you looking at? My ayes are up HEEEEEERE! (Btw boys can be pervs like that. At least your getting attention from boys!)

September 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

Ueah. What if its more than "a raised bump behind the nipple?

September 15, 2012 at 4:39 PM  
Anonymous Born2Bme said...

dear pubertymadness

well just say this

hey! my eyes are up here!

then point to ur face.

September 15, 2012 at 7:18 PM  
Anonymous Pizza Pie said...

So my nipples harden up when I am cold. Otherwise they are all soft. Can somebody explain to me what is going on?????

September 23, 2012 at 5:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well i dont know if i have a breast bud but behind my niple there is a bumpy circle kinda thing is it a breast bud? And i think it is because my boobs are growing and becoming more full

October 2, 2012 at 8:08 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

breast buds are like when you gey a little squshie bouncy ball under the dark area where your nipples are.

October 7, 2012 at 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i know how u guys feel. when im like really cold my nipples get hard and when im not they're soft??? im going crazy!!! what is going on???

October 7, 2012 at 8:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What if u have a hard spot bhind ur nipple, but its not tender?

October 11, 2012 at 12:12 AM  
Anonymous Aimeestars said...

Ok.. Girls what im about to say is so personal. Yesterday I got my period in the girls bathroom luckily. But I didnt hav a pad and the tiolet paper was gone so I was stuk there. my bff had to lend me 1 and I was saved BUT... then all through lessons I was in the nurses office and doing my work ther coz I was ill and had loads of period cramps :( so not cool xx keep smiling xx :)

October 19, 2012 at 6:05 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it normal to skip days of discharge before u get ur first period?

October 21, 2012 at 6:18 PM  
Anonymous kat0427 said...

For two months i have had discharge atleast once near the end or middle of the month is that when i can expect my period

October 21, 2012 at 9:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Is it normal to find spots of blood in your undies? My mom said that it wasn't my period. She got them during collage ,but she never got them before her first period. If it is normal does it mean my period is coming?

October 25, 2012 at 8:27 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

It is absoulutely normal. Personally I have discharge like for a day and then the next two days it's gone. About two to three days before and after my period, I would have discharge and before it, I have cramps.

October 27, 2012 at 8:50 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

Just because it wasn't her period, it could be yours. I have seen many girls that have theirs and it starts with spotting for them. I cannot be sure though because my first period was very heavy! You might just have very light periods!

October 28, 2012 at 3:53 PM  
Anonymous Pinkadink said...

OMG!!!! Sorry about the cramps!

November 4, 2012 at 10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this! I was really worried incase it was something bad! My breast are really fragile and have a lump behind both of them but now i'm glad it's normal! Thanks so much :D

December 21, 2012 at 6:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my chest felt kind of weird.so I told my mom about it and she felt around my breast area and said I was getting buds.the weird thing is that she didn't start puberty till late and I'm young.I basically have all the signs of puberty. but you know my breast are sprouting so I guess you could count that.

January 15, 2013 at 9:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OMG! I have this! My breasts are really tender. This is normal right??!

February 1, 2013 at 1:43 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just hate it when something bumps into my breasts. IT HURTS!!!!!!!!!!

March 16, 2013 at 10:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey! i have what seems like a breast bud under only one of my nipples. it has been there for 6 months, and there isn't one on the other side. it is pretty flat, but large. like a thick coin. is this normal????

March 17, 2013 at 9:13 PM  
Anonymous kewlkatkitty said...

Mine get almost hard, for boobs that is.

April 13, 2013 at 8:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had breast buds for about 3 years now, and they seem to be getting bigger as the years go by. They're about the size of a door knob now and are kind of disk like. Is this normal?

April 14, 2013 at 7:22 AM  
Anonymous PurplePuppy said...

Do you have to have buds to get breasts?

April 20, 2013 at 3:37 PM  
Anonymous DcRaz123 said...

Mine are like that too! I have no idea but i hope its normal...

April 21, 2013 at 1:22 AM  
Anonymous I_Luv_My_Pitbull said...

My boyfriend is always staring at me. I have to big of boobs. But what even worse is that all his friends STARE and its really anyoing! Any suggestions to tell him to staop! Thanks :)

April 22, 2013 at 1:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm really embarrassed girls, but one of my buds are bigger than the other.
I have no boobs at all. I am 11-13 years old. I dont want to say should i be worried?
I also havent told my mum about this... We are very close but i just dont feel comfortable talking to her about that...
Please reply...
Thanks girls!

May 6, 2013 at 8:21 AM  
Anonymous I_Luv_My_Pitbull said...

@anonymous...Well since mine wasn;t answered I'll answer yours. So if you wear a small bra you can put a couple layers of toilet paper in there so it looks even if you dont put a cami on with the little extra piece that is built in. Now for the mom part, 1= you 2= her
1- Mom can i talk to you alone
2- OK sweetie
1- While I've been changing and showering I've noticed litte things in my chest
2- Hmmm, well we can go and get a cami or something tommorow and dont be wooried thanks for talking to me
Older sisters or grandmas are easier in my opion
Think Pink

May 8, 2013 at 2:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had buds for months now but nothing's happening! I mean they hurt when they're bumped but there's just like a hard disk behind my nipple that's real tender. All my friends have boobs but I don't. Should I be worried?

June 22, 2013 at 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Catgal89 said...

My brother once hit my breast bud and it hurt so bad!!!!!!! One of mine is bigger than the other too.

June 8, 2014 at 8:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am 13 and had one boob with a bud but then it went away and then the other boob got a bud and that then went away but I am still almost completely flat chested!!!! :( btw I have not started my period yet either... IS THIS NORMAL?

August 4, 2014 at 2:43 AM  

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