Many girls are beginning puberty at an early age, developing breasts sooner than girls of previous generations. But the physical changes don't mean the modern girls' emotional and intellectual development is keeping pace. Two doctors have written a book called The New Puberty that looks at the percentage of girls who are going through early puberty, the environmental, biological and socioeconomic factors that influence when puberty begins, and whether early puberty is linked with an increased risk of breast cancer. Deardorff and Louise Greenspan are co-investigators in a long-term study of puberty.
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There is very little actual breast tissue present at birth, although a few days after birth it is not at all unusual for babies to produce what is referred to as 'witches milk' from their nipples. This is said to be caused by the strong influence of the mother's hormones just before delivery, and then the milk is not present again until other conditions later in life cause lactation to start up. Females reach a certain time during which their breasts begin to develop further. Along with the appearance of pubic hair and other "secondary sexual characteristics" , this usually begins one or two years before menarche' first menstrual period. When breasts develop they go through five individual 'stages' that have been described by Dr.
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