Infant Breast Buds

Question

What are breast buds?

Dr. Greene's Answer

Just before a child is born, a burst of the mother’s hormones is passed to them. This is one of the finishing touches preparing their lungs to breathe air when they are born. These hormones include estrogen and androgens, and can have several transient side effects, which can sometimes include infant breast buds. Some little girls may have a cloudy white vaginal discharge, or even a mini-period – with blood appearing at the vagina during the first week as estrogen levels fall rapidly. Both boys and girls may develop newborn acne, between about 3 to 4 weeks of age.

When newborns have breast buds, real, mature breast tissue forms, creating firm lumps under the nipples. Some babies even leak some real milk from their breasts. This is colorfully named witch’s milk, a term which captures the magic of the situation, but inappropriately attributes sinister and supernatural overtones to this natural wonder. Breast buds commonly occur in children of both sexes.

Breast buds disappear gradually, usually over the first several months of life, as the hormones and their effects vanish. Unless the breasts become red, hard, or warm (indicating possible mastitis, or breast infection), breast buds are nothing to worry about.

Medical Review on: May 14, 2008
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Hi my 1 month daughter has a larger than marble size lump in her breast. Is that still related to hormones. It has significantly decrease in size. And she doesn’t have any pain. I’m worried!

Hi my baby is 1 year old and 3months is it normal that her breast in left side is bigger than the other side?thank you

Hi,
When my daughter was 1 month old her breast had become swollen and reddish, when we showed to doctor,he did like surgery and removed the pus from the breast…Will her breast grow like normal?

My baby boy is 3 weeks and has breast milk coming out of his right nipple should I be concerned

Hello- my daughter is 15 months and has one bud, the areola is also different color (slightly purplish?) Her pediatrician didn’t think it’s anything to worry about and advised to watch for any discharge. Should I look for a second opinion? TU

My baby is 11 months old and both of breasts have breast buds, what to do plz tell ?

It can be normal yes however book an appointment with your GP who will refer your child to a peadritian as when the breast buds occur for a longer period of time, the situation falls between medical and surgical outcomes.

Nothing decided until your gild is assessed by the peadritian consultant. Most cases of many, the breast bud gradually go by themselves.

My daughter is already 15 months old and she still has this so-called breast buds on both breast. As a mother I am so worried about this. Is it still normal for her to have this? Just today, her pediatrician advised me to consult for a pediatric endocrinologist. Your reply is highly appreciated.

Hi. My daughter is 2 and still has the lumps in her breasts. Her pediatrician referred her to one as well. Can you tell me what did the endocrinologist do/say?

My baby is 5 1/2 months old and still has them. Is this normal? She doesn’t seem bothered by them and the nipples look normal.