Is it true that when you or another person touches your boobs, they will get
bigger? – Katie*
No, it's not true. Touching or massaging breasts does not make
There's a lot of wrong information about breast development out there. Some of
the things you may hear are outright cons — like special creams or pills that
make breasts bigger. (They don't work!) Others are myths — some girls who want
smaller breasts think that sleeping
in a bra or wearing a bra
that's too small can keep breasts from growing, but that's also not true.
In reality, genes and hormones determine breast growth. Some girls
develop earlier, others later, and a girl's breasts can keep growing and changing
into her late teens.
Every girl wants to be proud of her body. There are things you can do — like
eating well and getting enough exercise and sleep — to help your body develop
in a healthy way.
Don't feel shy about talking to your health care provider if you have questions
about your body and how it is developing. Your doc is used to answering questions
like this, and he or she will be able to give you advice about your individual growth
* Names have been changed to protect user privacy.