Breasts and Hair – Dealing with the Physical Changes of Puberty

Puberty may be natural, but for – who may be trying to befriend the physical changes she’s been through as a development of breasts and – she may not feel it that way. Help her navigate these times.

During puberty, your daughter’s body is growing and developing more than any other time in her life except childhood. Although the body develops in different ways, possibly what the girls most notice is the chest and hair. As they are some of the most obvious external changes, these can also be the most disturbing for a young woman and can impact her body self-esteem, especially since the girls around her are going to develop in different sizes and shapes.

From the buds to the breasts – the development of the breasts

For many girls, one of the first signs of puberty is the development of the breasts, which usually begins before the first period. There is no way to determine how big or small your breasts will be, though your daughter may constantly compare herself to others, especially with girlfriends and her mom. Reassuring her that she is unique and that it is perfect that development takes place at her own pace and in the best shape for her, can help her stay strong and secure during this phase. The development of the breast during puberty is divided into five stages. Although there is no specific time for each stage, most girls reach the last approximately four-to-five years after the chest begins to develop.

Stage 1: The breasts are flat, with a small halo and a protruding nipple. That’s how all girls look before puberty.

Stage 2: The first visible signs of the breast appear. Small lumps of tissue develop below the nipple. The aureole and nipples take on a darker shade and enlarge. Some sensitivity may occur.

Stage 3: Bulges grow and become more tender and just larger. Even the breasts can look a bit sharp.

Stage 4: Keep Growing! The aureole and nipple are attached. This stage can last for a few years. Often, a girl may need different bodices during this period. Not all of them go through this stage, instead some may experience an early .

Stage 5: Fully developed. The breasts are more rounded and more stuffed. The aureole forms a mound that grows on the chest with the nipple rising above. Please do not worry if your daughter’s experience does not exactly fit this timeline. Children’s experiences vary, but if you are concerned about any aspect of your daughter’s development, do not hesitate to discuss it with your doctor.

Frequently asked questions about breast development

One question usually asked by girls is what is the function of the breasts. Sometimes, girls may feel that the breasts are ‘there’ simply or that they are ‘in the way.’ Explain that they have evolved to provide nutrition for babies through breastfeeding, something she may want to do if she becomes a mother one day.

Your daughter might also be asking you about wearing a bodice. Many girls start using bodices in stage three of breast development, but using it is a personal decision and there is no ‘precise’ moment to begin with. Try to find out why she wants to wear a bra, if it is she who brings up the subject. It may be important for her to feel that she ‘fits’ in school.

If she feels insecure about how quickly or slowly she is developing, take some time to tell her how various people develop in shape and at different times – and that these diversities represent the beauty of being a woman. Ultimately, the real reason should be the comfort and support it provides. Tell your daughter to tell you when she feels she is ready and talk about what type of bodice she likes (there are many options) and help her define which is the best choice for her. Make sure the bodice fits well and is suitable for its shape and size. It is a good opportunity to check also that the bodices that you are wearing are good too. Take some time to tell you how diverse people develop in form and at different times – and that these diversities represent the beauty of being a woman.

Ultimately, the real reason should be the comfort and support it provides. Tell your daughter to tell you when she feels she is ready and talk about what type of bodice she likes (there are many options) and help her define which is the best choice for her. Make sure the bodice fits well and is suitable for its shape and size. It is a good opportunity to check also that the bodices that you are wearing are good too. Take some time to tell you how diverse people develop in form and at different times – and that these diversities represent the beauty of being a woman. Ultimately, the real reason should be the comfort and support it provides. Tell your daughter to tell you when she feels she is ready and talk about what type of bodice she likes (there are many options) and help her define which is the best choice for her. Make sure the bodice fits well and is suitable for its shape and size.

It is a good opportunity to check also that the bodices that you are wearing are good too. Tell your daughter to tell you when she feels she is ready and talk about what type of bodice she likes (there are many options) and help her define which is the best choice for her. Make sure the bodice fits well and is suitable for its shape and size. It is a good opportunity to check also that the bodices that you are wearing are good too. Tell your daughter to tell you when she feels she is ready and talk about what type of bodice she likes (there are many options) and help her define which is the best choice for her. Make sure that the bodice fits well and is suitable for its shape and size. It is a good opportunity to check also that the bodices that you are wearing are good too.

Hair on Every Side!

During puberty, your daughter may notice that hair grows in the armpits, arms and legs, more hair grows in the arms and legs and the development of pubic hair begins. Some also experience increased hair on their faces. The pubic hair can appear at the same time in the armpits. Initially, the hair can be minimal, thin and straight but during puberty, it will become darker and more curly. In addition, during puberty the hair that initially appeared only in the vaginal lips, will expand more towards the edges of the line with the underwear. By the end of puberty, hair may even appear on the upper inner thighs.

Attitudes towards body hair

The amount and thickness of hair will vary from girl to girl. In the same way, the reactions will vary. For some girls, body hair will not be a big issue; for others, their arrival (or absence) can affect their self-esteem and self-confidence. As with breast development, it can be destabilizing if they think something is different from the others or if they think that what is happening to them is not ‘normal’ – then it is important to discredit the myths and be direct with the facts.

If your daughter decides that she wants to reduce her body hair by shaving or shaving, talk about the different methods and listen and respect her opinion, as it may differ from yours. Talk to your daughter and ask her where she is getting information about body hair and what to do about it. Talk to friends? Watch the TV? Looking for information online? Remember that the body belongs to her. Help her give her the information she needs to make a healthy choice regarding and encourage her to choose safe options that will help her feel comfortable in her own skin.

Puberty is a time of great changes – emotional and physical. It is a time of many questions and concerns that will arise to your daughter on the road to becoming a woman. The more comfortable you feel understanding these changes are happening to you, the better support you can be for her. Help her give her the information she needs to make a healthy choice regarding hair removal and encourage her to choose safe options that will help her feel comfortable in her own skin. Puberty is a time of great changes – emotional and physical.

It is a time of many questions and concerns that will arise to your daughter on the road to becoming a woman. The more comfortable you feel understanding these changes are happening to you, the better support you can be for her. Help her give her the information she needs to make a healthy choice regarding hair removal and encourage her to choose safe options that will help her feel comfortable in her own skin. Puberty is a time of great changes – emotional and physical. It is a time of many questions and concerns that will arise to your daughter on the road to becoming a woman. The more comfortable you feel understanding these changes are happening to you, the better support you can be for her.

What follows steps to help your child feel more comfortable with the development of breasts and body hair

I keep these points in mind when you talk to your daughter about the changes that her body presents:

  • Explain why these changes are occurring and help you to understand them from a biological point of view. This can help you see puberty as the natural process it is, and not feeling it as something unnatural.
  • Discourage her to compare herself with other girls and remember that each one is unique, and that each one grows and develops in different measures.
  • Try not to pass on to your daughter your own body complexes. If she hears you saying that you wish your breasts were larger or smaller, she may assume that there is an ‘ideal’ size and can make her feel unsatisfied with how her own breasts look.
  • Get enough information for her to make her own choices. For example, if you decide that you want to depilate your legs, but you do not think you should, do not judge her, but help her find an effective and safe method.
  • Emphasize the fact that everyone is different. Big breasts, small breasts, body hair or their absence… there is no right or wrong thing related to beauty.