ಲ Chapter ┬ Taking Care of Your Girls: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens for early readers ᏽ Kindle Ebook By Marisa C Weiss M.D. ᪤

ಲ Chapter ┬ Taking Care of Your Girls: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens for early readers ᏽ Kindle Ebook By Marisa C Weiss M.D. ᪤ 1Breast Development Hormones, Puffy Nipples, Growing BreastsThere were times I would pray to God, I will do anything you like, I will do everything my parents say, but I do not want boobs It was awful starting to develop You dont know whats going to happen next And I just wanted to return back to the life I knew without all these problems.Kelly, 13I would rather talk to my older sister about my breast development than my parents She doesnt ask me five hundred follow up questions.Sara, 12I can tell you, every nighteven when I was 11, and my girlfriends were kind of starting to get their period then, starting to develop something, I can rememberI was raised CatholicI would pray Our Father, God bless Mommy, Dad, Mickey, Chrissie, Casey, Kansaswho was my brothers dogand please God, let me wake up tomorrow with some boobs That was the prayer I can tell you exactly what it was because I spent years saying it.Lizzie, 18I knew a lot about growing breasts than other people And I was talking with a friend when a mother who was listening in asked, How do you know all this I guess because I grew up the baby in my family, so I was learning about breast development and breast cancer from everybody older than me.Mary Jane, 14Well, all my friends think they will never have breasts And its not funnybecause a lot of girls feel this way.Sara, 13I wished we had the talk about breast development before it occurred, not when the breasts first started to appear We had the menstrual talk, but somehow breasts were left out.Elena, 12At my aunts house, I pulled my mom aside to privately tell her that my boobs all of a sudden had started hurting She said, Ohhhh, youre growing breasts, and then she turned around and told my aunt everything I had just said.Alexandra, 11Girls in my school must get changed in the main room for gym class At first some girls tried to sneak off and change in the bathroom, but the teachers caught them and made them change with everyone else Now were all used to it We have no choice.Susanna, 12I started developing before everybody else Between fifth and sixth grade I grew boobs and grew about six inches taller It was ridiculous I was so out of proportion.Sasha, 18When I was seven, I liked the whole idea of having boobs because everybody had them Me and my friends would try on my moms bra and laugh about it We didnt really understand I guess I thought that one day Id just wake up and everything would be different Only later did I realize how awkward the growing up part would be.Lena, 14When I first got breasts, no one knew because I wore so many layers A big T shirt and a sweatshirt were the perfect solution I was against even owning a bra I wouldnt talk about it with my mom or anybodyand when the words came up I just pretended not to hear My friends and I pretended we were disgusted by the whole idea of a bra, even though secretly we knew we needed one.Emily, 15Later, when I started high school, I was thinking that its a lot normal to have breasts there and I wanted to fit in and have fun so I should just embrace it But even so, I am still uncomfortable with them.Megan, 17The first things that changed about my body when my breasts started to grow were my nipples They got so puffy I had to wear a tight camisole under my clothes to flatten them down.Katie, 16When my breasts began growing, they started showing through my shirts I went through great lengths to hide them Id even use tape.Lena, 14 Breasts can even be an issue for boys, as this quote shows Our basketball team needed to practice some drills, so the coach divided our team in half shirts versus skins I was praying that I would be on the shirt team so no one would tease me about my, um, breasts But no, of course that didnt happen The coach put me on the skins team and ordered me to take off my shirtbut I pretended not to hear Then he started yelling at me, Take off your shirt I was horrified completely embarrassed from my head down to my toes Still I kept my shirt on There was no way I was going to take off my shirt.Ben, 16First Things FirstYou know how when youre driving down the highway things pass by so fast, it can all look like a blur Well, thats what breast development can feel like if you are a fast bloomer And have you ever been stuck on the side of the road while other cars whiz by you Thats what growing breasts can feel like if youre developing slowly Plus there are a lot of feelings rolled in excitement, frustration, curiosity, embarrassment, discomfort, fun, confusion, fear, and hope.Knowing what to expect will make you feel better and less uncertain Knowledge really is power This chapter will give you a road map that will help you understand and keep track of your own unique breast development.Heres the ScoopBreast development requires many steps and takes a bunch of twists and turns, starting inside your moms uterus, making the greatest progress during puberty, then adding the finishing touches after high school Lets tackle each step along the way.In Your Moms UterusBreast growth starts when you are barely three weekswhen youre just a tiny ball of cells called an embryo Two little ridges of special tissue, called mammary ridges, form on top of your skin between your armpits and your thighs.The ridges look like two stretched out letter Cs, lying back to back Weeks later, they all but disappear except for a small area on each side of your chest Then, over the last six months of pregnancy, the leftover mammary ridge cells get to work making the very beginnings of your breasts.First mammary ridge cells build up on top of the skin to form the nipples and the areolas A nipple is the peak in the center of your breast, while the areola is the round, somewhat darker bumpy skin around the base of the nipple A small pit or dent forms in the middle of the nipple, like the hole in the middle of a volcano Milk comes out of this opening during breast feeding, sort of like a sprinkler or shower head While nipple construction is under way, other mammary ridge cells dip beneath the surface to create the breast budthe smallest and simplest version of the breast gland milk making factory Little shoots sprout off the bud like little fingers on a hand These fingers are the lobules, made up of milk making cells Next, pipes called ducts form between the lobules and the nipple The ducts are responsible for draining the milk out to the opening in the middle of the nipple At this stage of the game, the whole breast bud is tiny and too small to feel.Breast BreakBreast development takes a break between the day youre born and the start of puberty Your body has tons of other important work to do as you grow from a little baby into a young girl It needs this breast break in order to grow taller and wider and to develop all of your other body parts.PubertySooner or later puberty rolls inthe time when your body changes from a girls into a young womans A rise in the female hormones estrogen and progesterone gets the whole breast development show restarted These hormones, made in your ovaries, travel to your breasts, delivering the message to get back to work.The restarting of breast development is usually the first sign of puberty and the completion of your breast growth marks the end of puberty All the other changes, like growing pubic hair, getting your period, getting taller, and having your hips get wider, happen in between.The Breast Bud Forms a LumpFirst, the breast bud behind each nipple gets bigger It can feel like a little stone, pebble, blueberry, or grape And it can be sensitive, tender, and sometimes painful.The breast bud can appear in one breast for weeks or months before the bud on the other side starts to grow One breast bud may be bigger than the other They might blossom into breasts right away or hang around for a while before they go on to form breasts.Its very common for girls to worry about breast cancer when they feel a new lump that doesnt go awayparticularly when its only on one side But all of these changes are normal Theres no need to worry Chapter 11 will give you a lot information about this.The Nipples and AreolasGet GoingRight after the breast buds start growing, the nipples and areolas get puffy, bigger, and darker They can also feel itchy, painful, and sensitive to the touch.While the breast bud cant be seen, the puffy nipple areola combination can look like a big mosquito bite and show through your clothes Puffy nipples or areolas are often the first sign of breast development that other people can seemaking you feel very self consciouseven before there is any breast tissue growth underneath.Breast Gland TissueStarts GrowingAfter your nipples and areolas get bigger, the breast buds underneath blossom further into the breast glandsthe part that makes and drains milk.The lobules and the milk ducts start up where they left off when you were born, branching again and again, like a tree in full bloom or a hand with many fingers As this process progresses, the breast tissue gets bigger and thicker Fat fills in around the lobules and ducts and provides a protective cushion for these delicate and sensitive structures.The breasts grow straight out before they grow from side to side Thats why they may look cone shaped and pointy in the beginning But over time they will get rounder and fuller.While the nipples and areolas stay puffy, they can look like a little hill on top of a big mountain breast tissue Eventually the areolas flatten and the nipples in the middle get bigger and stick out .Later, the nipples and areolas stay about the same size while the breast underneath continues to get larger and rounder.Some girls have nipples that point inward like a belly button that goes in an innie rather than one that sticks out an outie Even though there is a medical term for thisinverted nipplesits totally normal Chapter 5 has information on all kinds of nipple variations Nipple and areola size and color vary a lot from girl to girl no two nipple areola sets are the same Big breasts with a small nipple areola set, small breasts with a big set, or medium breasts with mixed doubles large areolas and small nipples are all completely normal Nipples and areolas also come in different colors light or dark shades of pink, beige, purple, brown, and black A mixture of these colors might blend into one shade, or these colors may be pieced together like a mosaic or a patchwork quilt You can also get freckles or other kinds of skin spots on your nipples and areolas And sometimes the nipples are a slightly different color than your areolas.Finishing Touches These Breast ChangesAre Going to Take Some TimeOn average, it takes four years for girls to complete most of their breast growth Sometimes it happens fasterover a few yearsand sometimes it happens slower, such as over eight years.Breast growth is not always continuous Dont be surprised or worried if your breasts start growing, stop, start again, stop, and then finish Plus the speed of your breast growth can change sometimes fast, some times slow One side might grow faster than the other side.Over time, your breasts will get rounder just like the rest of your body, including your hips and rear end Breasts reach their full size and shape by the time youre twenty five, so you cant be sure that your breasts are full grown until then But its really not until pregnancy that your breasts completely mature and learn how to make and drain milk for breast feeding.Any Questions Why do some boys get breasts You may have noticed that some boys grow breasts too The medical term for enlarged breasts in males is gynecomastiawhich means woman like breasts Another not so polite word you might have heard to describe a boys breasts is moobs short for man boobs.Believe it or not, most boys about two thirds get some breast enlargement during puberty Boys may even grow breasts earlier and bigger than girls their own age Usually this breast growth goes away within a few years.Really big boy breasts that look like a womans breasts are uncommon But either way, its a very embarrassing problem, particularly during the summer when boys are expected to go shirtless at the beach.I noticed my friend Jack has breasts Why And how should I deal with it As funny looking as boy breasts might appear, you have to stop yourself from making fun of someone in this situation The hurt feelings can go deep down and leave emotional scars that can last many years Take a second to put yourself in his shoes you wouldnt want to be made fun of.Being overweight is often the most common cause of breast enlargement in boys Hormones are another common causethese are special protein messengers in the blood that tell the breasts to grow The much higher level of female hormones and the much lower levels of male hormones in girls are the main reasons why girls grow breasts and boys usually dont.Everyone has a balance of both boy and girl hormones In boys, there are boy hormones than girl hormones In girls, there are girl hormones than boy hormones In some boys, the girl hormones cause breasts to form In some girls, the boy hormones can limit breast growth Over the years, as the balance of hormones changes, breast growth can also change.Certain products contain substances that can act like hormones For example, lavender oil and tea tree oils have been associated with breast enlargement in boys before puberty these oils are present in some soaps, moisturizers, shampoos, and hair care products.Some boys are born with an inherited genetic condition that can result in enlarged breasts.Certain medicines can make breasts biggerbut most of these medicines are taken by adult men not boys About half of adult men develop breast enlargement over time All the things that make breasts bigger in boys can also happen to men Drinking too much alcohol is another cause in men.The real facts about your girls and how to take care of themWell, all my friends think they will never have breastsand its not funnybecause a lot of girls feel this way Elena, 13I went up two sizes over summer break I started seventh grade with a C cup Then my breasts got weird pink stripes on the side What happened Veronica, 12Girls are as anxious and confused about their breasts as ever Thats why Marisa Weiss, M.D., an oncologist and breast health specialist, and her teenage daughter, Isabel, decided to create Taking Care of Your Girls. Together, they polled than three thousand girls and their moms and came up with a surprisingly huge list of worries and misconceptions Based on their research, youll get answers to questions like How do I know when I need to get my first braand what kind should I get Do big breasts have a higher risk of breast cancer than small ones How do I get rid of stretch marks When will my breasts stop growing How do I examine my own breasts Will the size of my breasts even out Do tanning, antiperspirants, wearing a bra at night, and talking on a cell phone cause breast cancer A groundbreaking book for both mothers and daughters, Taking Care of Your Girls is a practical guide to breast care and a girl to girl conversation about the feelings and emotions that come with the territory.This all in one, indispensable breast health guide captures exactly what teen girls and their moms really need practical, easy to read, great advice Its one of the best gifts you can give to your girl.Harvey Karp, M.D., F.A.A.P., author of The Happiest Toddler on the Block, board member of Healthy Child, Healthy World Taking Care of Your Girls: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens

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  • Format Kindle
  • 0307406962
  • Taking Care of Your Girls: A Breast Health Guide for Girls, Teens, and In-Betweens

  • Marisa C Weiss M.D.
  • Anglais
  • 05 November 2016
  • 256 pages

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