"I am a 20 yo woman who struggled with anorexia from 15-17. I am still working on kicking it. All the women in my family have large breasts, so I always felt like I needed to make them bigger, especially as I lost weight. At my lowest, I was 105 lbs and about an A cup. Now that I've returned to "normal" eating habits and my weight has increased, I feel like my breasts haven't kept up. According to my most recent measurements, I'm in between a C and a D cup, but I still don't feel like that's big enough. I'm somewhat asymmetrical, the right (my right) being smaller than the left.
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I am a 16-year old girl. My breasts are quite pale and slightly point if I can say that. My nipples are large. I hate every inch of my body, but it's mainly my breasts that repulse me. It is hard for me to look in the mirror. I lost 24 kg in 5 months due to anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa. I didn't care if my breasts lost weight, I just wanted to be thin. This resulted in stretch marks on both my hips and breasts. This website is brilliant, I haven't felt so normal in such a long time. Every female is beautiful (I have always thought), except for myself, and it's lovely that you are sharing this.
My name is Hayley. I am 13 years old and in 7th grade. I became anorexic 8 months ago and lost 32 pounds from then to now. I had 36C boobs and now I have 36B boobs. I am on an eating plan but still look at the labels and see how many calories I consume. I am getting mabe 2000 calories everyday since my eating plan from the doctor. My whole family has DD boobs. My bum is the only thing getting bigger and it's already big. When is my boobs gunna grow? Cuz if they don't I'm gunna look like a duck with a bigg bum and small boobs. And to all the teens out there don't become anorexic, lose weight the healthy way because even if you get better, anorexia will stay with u.
When I was 13 I had developed and was always picked on and noticed for my developed body and tiny frame. I was called disgusting for having pubic hair and I also was made fun of from a condition called Pectus excavatum where my sternum in sunken in, causing me to become very insecure with my breasts. After a year of anorexia, I was able to pull free from the condition and have come to terms with my body through therapy.
I'm 17 years old and have had an eating disorder about two years now. I did lost my period and I became very thin... Now I'm recover from my disorder and I'm almost at my "healthy weight". But I wonder if I will get my period back and if my breast will start growing again..?
I was very late with my puberty and didn't got my period until 8th grade. My breast never started to grow, they have always been very small. Before my eating disorder I started to eat very much and I was gain "a lot of" (i thought it was much..) weight, I also got my period and my breast started to grow a little. I felt that it was very strange that I was eating that much, and I didn't want to gain weight (i have always been very thin) so I didn't know what to do , I hated my weight rise a lot.. So then i decided that i would try to not eat that much... I stopped eating breakfast, then lunch.. then i almost didn't eat anything at all..... And now I have been working with my problems for 1,5 years now, and i'm almost healthy.
But I just wonder... Will my breast ever start to grow? My chest is almost flatted and i hate it so much...
Regards from a worried young lady.
first, I need to mention that I'm not an expert on anorexia. I really don't know how things usually go with recovery. You could perhaps ask your question at http://fishyvb.something-fishy.org/
That said, I do know that IF your breasts didn't finish developing during puberty, they most likely will finish the development during a pregnancy, if you ever get pregnant. That is because during pregnancy you'll have high levels of progesterone and estrogen and they will stimulate the growth of milk glands and milk ducts.
If you get your period sometime, then in each cycle you get some progesterone (in the latter half of the cycle), which stimulates the growth of milk glands. I just don't know for sure how the anorexia in between affects things. But, as far as being able to breastfeed, most likely you don't need to worry because pregnancy will produce the growth of milk glands and ducts, if any of it hasn't happened yet.
Ever since middle school I was worried about my body, being too fat or too skinny. I decided to set up my own diet plan which consisted of a large apple in the morning and cereal, no lunch, and one cup of whatever my mom made for dinner. That lasted for a year and I lost 60 lbs, let me remind say I was in 7th grade and weighed 160lbs and was about 5'2ish. On top of the diet I exercised everyday to a 60 minute cardio workout, a 20 minute ab work, and a 40 minute leg workout. My friends at school became to notice the significant change so I began to eat excessively with exercise. I began to gain weight and was healthier for a while until I began to eat too much and felt the need to puke when I felt full, I've done this for at least 4 years now. My boobs are a B34 now and haven't gave them the chance to grow yet. I'm scared that if I try and stop they won't grow and I'll be unhappy forever with my body. -Sorry had to write it all out in front of me.
Hey, I'm Amanda and I'm 15 years old. I had my period at the age of 10 and in year 8 I had an Eating disorder (anorexia) I had lost a lot of weight and unfortunately it had been lost in my breasts as well.
I'm now left with being insecure about that and I definitively regret thinking that super skinny was beautiful, because people don't actually like it and you're perfect the way you are.
I've been trying all types of things to get them back like drinking milk and eating healthy and exercising but nothing seems to be working completely and they aren't perky anymore. They've gone to more of a triangle shape and I want the round shape back. I have been feeling crappy about myself for so long worse then when I was anorexic it was hard to get out of it that routine that whole feeling good about yourself when skipping a meal.
But it's not worth it in the end, it's a disease that only makes you look worse everyday.
I started my periods when I was 11, and by then I already had most my terminal and under arm hair. I was in 34C bra, by the age of 13 I already felt bad in my size, and got bullied in school quite a lot. But, one person's comments hurt me the most. I got depression, and had lack of motivation for a year... By the time that year was up I went on a school trip and got my motivation back up, because we were constantly moving around, but while my parents weren't there that's when I begun to eat less, and feel the need to count my calories. Within the week I was on the trip I lost quite a bit of weight. I found it very easy to lose weight fast, but I couldn't see it. Until a few weeks after me dieting, my mum made an appointment to see the doctor. In the month of starting I lost 1 and a half stone, but I couldn't see it. I couldn't see why I was 'gaining' weight when I wasn't eating anything, which made me worse. The more time that went by, the more weight I thought I had gained.
Two years down the line of having a counceller in having Anorexia, they said I was days away from death, and that I had a week to put weight on, or I was going to move far away from home and into hospital, where they'd drip feed me, and there was a chance that I wouldn't come out, depending on my thoughts, because I'm a stubborn person. They gave me these Fortisip drinks, that had 300 calories in each bottle, and I had to have 4 a day. I hated them. They made my mouth dry up, I called them 'Calories In A Bottle'...
anyway the point is, I lied to my counceller to get her off the scene, gained weight, even though it's the most hardest thing I've ever had to do in my life.. And still, my boobs have not grown back. The thing is, even though I had quite big boobs during puberty, if you start when you're an adolescent I don't think they grow back, because you stub your development. The only thing that makes your boobs go bigger is the fat.. Because when you were Anorexic your body would have eaten at your boob tissue.. Like it feeds of your fat first, and the tissue. Then it goes to the muscles, then to your organs.. Or a boob job. It's not a very nice thing to have :/
I regret being Anorexic, although, I really didn't mean to become like that. Because I didn't know, genially. But now my boobs look an odd shape, and aren't very big, which makes me feel like my belly looks bigger.. I'm 16, and dieting is a very dangereous thing to get into. If I could go back, I'd sod all the bullies, because I was only chubby. I think I was a size 10, not like I'd ever go back to that size, but the point is.. what makes someone so special to cause so much pain to someone? If I could go back, I wouldn't have starved, I would have exercised.. I did that too, but don't starve and exercise.. You never know with Anorexia, heart attacks are just around the corner, and exercising is just a heart attack waiting to happen. Don't just stop Anorexia because of thought of never having kids, or because your mum won't let you go out with this one boy unless you go to your target weight, or even because your boobs are small and you want them to be bigger. Because you'll just go down the not eating root again, and next time, it'll make your skin saggier. And you'll feel more fat, even though it's loose skin, and your boobs will go saggier, because you've lost weight then gained then lost then gained. Don't do that. You can't give your body nutrients then take it away from it again, that's just cruel. Do it for yourself, think of health risks.
I know what it feels like to be nagged over it, because I still have Anorexia now, but I'm just saying, just in case there is somebody reading this. Just exercise, don't kill yourself by not eating. It's a painful experience. In more than one occasion I've woken up in the middle of the night, in the most horrible pain and left it, because I didn't want my mum to know I was not eating again, I thought I was dying, but if I died I didn't care anyway. But the fact of how painful it was. I couldn't walk, I couldn't stand. I couldn't move an inch, It took me about an hour to crawl to my parents room, which is literally the room next to mine. Just because I stayed in my bed for 3 hours in pain, because I'm stubborn and I'll do anything to be thin. I'll tell you now, when you can feel your heart beating that fast, but it feeling so weak. When you know that something critical is going on under your ribs.. I was scared. And I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy, because for those hours in pain, it's the first time you realise about the health risks that everybody had been telling you about for years. Me being stupid, and stubborn, that's happened to me more than 3 times, but because I love food so much, then when I have my good days I eat and eat.. When I have my bad days food knocks me sick. But I feel guilty, I can't help it, I'm stuck in my ways now, there's no stopping that, but if someone reads this, maybe they'll think twice about getting as bad as I was.
I'm not even that bad anymore. They said I was better, but I've started again, but that's only because I'm depressed and don't see a point anyway. One day, I'll write a book to help people like us, I've started writing a script. It's very good.
Another thing, look in the mirror for about an hour a day, and don't think about how you look, look into the mirror and imagine what you want to happen. Happy thoughts, and write your feelings down. It works. All the love in the world. Best of luck. xx
my name's bekah.
I am 16 years old.
I got my period in grade 6 I was 11 years old.
I have had problems with anorexia and bulimia since I was in grade 8.
I have noticed a difference in my breast size.
I started developing my breasts in grade 5 I had a a 36, then went to a b 36 and so on. After I started my anorexia I lost weight and went from a C 36 down to a B 36. When I became bulimic I gained some weight.. I went from my B 36 up to a DD 36. After I had stopped my anorexia and bulimia. I had gained a ton of weight I went from 94 lbs. to 165 lbs. I now have been healthy for 10 months. But now I am having problems again and urges to start my bulimia. I am now weighing at a healthy 130 lbs. But I am starting to worry about it, because I am having urges. All I have to say to all the teenage girls out there.
Don't start to be anorexic or bulimic. It's the biggest mistake you could make.
I started young.. and now I'm afraid my worst nightmare will come back to haunt me. Just be safe.
I am 31 years old. I began puberty when I was 13 by the time I was 14 I had began to flirt with anorexia then within a few months I became bulimic and suffered for 13 years. My breast began to grow then stopped within a year. I never got out of and "B" cup. With the illness I began to lose all my breast tissue muscle and fat. I have returned to health and proper body weight, yet I still have no breasts. My ribs are visible through my right breast and my nipples are now inverted. The only time I have had normal size breasts was while I was pregnant and breastfeeding. My breasts are now not even a size "A" no matter how small the cup size no bra fits. It's hard know that I most likely played a role in this. These illnesses have really destroyed my self image, my health, my breasts, and my teeth. I now have 2 young daughters it's a battle to be sure they don't allow themselves to follow this horrible path. My heart goes out to all the other young ladies who have had this struggle.
Hello. This is a brief sum-up of my experience with an eating disorder and how it affected me, physically.
A dark time:
To my great misfortune, I used to be terribly self-conscious, shy and insecure for most of my life. I'm not exactly attractive in any way whatsoever and I'd been wanting to lose weight since as young as I can remember. I was always teased at school, and even at home. I started trying to diet from age 10. When I was 12 I became very self-negligent. At first, I simply forgot to eat. Then I'd go to eat and wouldn't feel like anything. It was just too much of an effort. Leading a very boring, uninteresting life I began to play around drastically with my food, like some game. At one stage I decided "screw it" and became a compulsive and binge eater but every so often I'd stop eating for 1-3 days in an effort to lose weight. Then I started drinking, smoking as well as overdosing. This really messed up my metabolism and at 13, I was noticeably over-weight sitting at 56 kg. My mother had been begging me to exercise and lose weight and offered me the choice of seeing a dietitian. I refused. Then I started reducing what I ate until I was eating almost (and some days completely) nothing.
My mother too noticed so I'd pretend to eat breakfast and tell her I'd eaten lunch and only ate dinner. She took me to a GP who diagnosed me with anorexia and MDD (Major depression Disorder). Then I had to start seeing a psychologist again on a regular basis. At first every day, then every 2nd day, then twice a week and then once a week. During this time I also saw a psychiatrist and due to other related mental-disorders went through many cocktails of anti-depressants, mood-stabilizers, tranquilizers, anti-psychotics and whatnot. My eating gradually became better until it was what most would consider normal, but when I began eating again my metabolism revved up and I was slowly losing weight. (Even though I'd eat 5 or more times a day, eating things like large pizones and about 3 chocolate brownie avalanches during the week.) My mother thought I was bulimic due to the amount of food I was eating as opposed to my weight. Nobody knows how to explain the weight loss (or the fact that I was functioning at my mind and body's best), but I was sitting at 40kg with a height of 1.7m and was rather underweight. In May, I was admitted into Tara, a psychiatric hospital to try treat my mood-disorders and eating disorder. I was put onto a 3000 calorie diet and gained weight although they didn't solve anything else apart from the fact that I was underweight and they actually ended up messing around with my medicine and I have a failing prescription. It caused a lot of strain on my body and although I'm having a period my mood is worse and I have severe back and neck pains, which may be due to the rapid weight gain and lack of exercise (I've never exercised in my life and at Tara we weren't allowed to get out of bed at all, unless going to meals). I was discharged at the end of August. I went all the way up to 54kg but lost a little (not on purpose!), and am sitting at 49kg (so maybe I'm just meant to be skinny). I'm planning on starting weight-training to help ease my aches and pains and for healthy functioning and hormone levels. I recently got my bloods taken and discovered to my amazement that everything is in tip-top condition! I have excellent kidneys and superb liver! (Yay!)
My breast development, and how they were affected:
I grew breast buds (and became sensitive) when I was 9, about 3 months before I turned 10. They didn't really grow for a long time. I started wearing a bra when I was 11 to try hide the buds and was a 30AA. Eventually I was on a 30A-B when I was 13. During this time my breasts shrunk during the low weight but have filled out a little, and I'm now at a 32B, but they are still tubular!!! Gurrr... And in case you're wondering, I'm 15 now.
Anyhow, I wish good luck to all who are going through recovery from some kind of mental disorder and wish you well. I hope things turn out alright for all of you, as it is not a pleasant experience at all and I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy.
I have on one side a breast bud only and the other side is about a B cup.. I often wonder if it was a birth defect or if it was from being anerexic during puberty.. I'm not sure but one thing is I decided to stop beating myself up over it. I am very physical with my upper body and chose not to get corrective implants because the simple fact they may rupture. Maybe one day if I decide I can get the diep flap procedure. It is indeed hard for me to even have the desire of forming a relationship with someone of the opposite sex. A part of me feels well if I truly accept myself than why do I wear bra pads to appear to be normal.. than the other part of me says there is no reason to expose myself to strangers.. so for now.. I'm going with that and focusing on my skills, career, and being healthy. Your site is very comforting.
Thanks for sharing your experience.... I'm not exactly anorexic... but I have an eating disorder... I've been restricting what I ate for a year (in a hard way) and I've lost a lot of my weight... and my breast looks now like if I were just 13 years old and I'm 26! I'm trying to control myself and gaining some weight in a really healthy way... and I was scared about my breast... thanks, really thanks!! feel a little more hopeful about getting back a "normal" breasts size.
To the woman who shared her photo and story on this page, I want to say that I understand, and I'm happy for you that you are now fostering a healthier relationship to food and to your body. I was bulimic in high school (so I didn't lose as much weight as someone with anorexia does), and had some of the same concerns you have now (though I eventually gained a bit more weight than was healthy for me and ended up a DDD, which is actually not that fun. Believe me, I would not mind going back to a C or D). I also just completed school to become a nutritionist, which has truly and remarkably altered my relationship with food for the better (in my late 20's).
Sometimes our hardships can become our motivation and inspiration.
I also want to add that a family history of breast cancer does not necessarily mean that you will lose your breasts to cancer too. Of course it is helpful to come to terms with the possibility, but that doesn't mean you can't make lifestyle changes that will lessen the risk. Here's a quick list:
-Eat organic whole foods as the majority of your diet.
-Use all natural/organic (read: you can't get it at Safeway type stores... shop at health food stores) personal care products and household cleaners/laundry detergents/etc.
-Don't cook with aluminum or teflon coated cookware. Cast iron, enameled, and stainless steel are better options.
-Get a healthy amount of exercise each week, but don't overdo it. Exercise you actually enjoy is best! Make it fun : )
-Drink filtered water or spring water from a pure source.
-Use glass or stainless steel drinking containers over plastic. Ceramic plates and mugs are also better choices than plastic ones.
By minimizing your exposure to everyday toxins like pesticides, heavy metals, and petrochemicals (found in many cosmetics, personal care products, and plastics) I believe that it is possible to at least reduce one's cancer risk. Doing some sort of therapeutic practice that helps you to deal with your emotions will also help. Most diseases have some sort of emotional/psychological root to them in addition to any external factors that come into play.
No need to obsess over these tips; they are just general guidelines to living a healthier lifestyle. I wish you the best on your journey, and hope that you'll always find the balance that is truly right for you.Lara
Real n hearty tnx... I just used to pray for increase in my breast size, but not anymore. Real Tnx... if I tone my stomach area n lower portion, will that reduce my size more? (asking because I just want 2 get back in shape since I was suffering from Bulimia) And yeah, TNX:)
Toning your stomach muscles should not affect your breast size at all. All the best in your recovery!
I'm an overweight woman who has struggled with bulimia for over a decade. I wear a size 38J bra and my breasts weigh about 20 lbs. together. For a long time I hated breasts - I lost my mother to breast cancer before I was 6 and I was viciously bullied for my large breasts early in adolescence. The middle school I went to had a lot of people who believed that a girl with big breasts wasn't a virgin, so I had a lot of classmates proposition me.
I hated my breasts for years - not because I thought they didn't look right, but because they got me so much unwanted attention. I'm asexual, and for years I hated having a huge, glaring sign of my female-ness sitting right out front for the world to see. The one man I love, though, has always been perfect about my breasts. He never forced his caresses on me, as a previous boyfriend had tried to do, or made me feel guilty or prudish for not wanting him to touch my breasts. When I finally let him, he made me feel that I had the most beautiful, perfect breasts in the world, even if they're saggy and heavy, and even if I get clogged pores on the undersides of them, and even though I can't wear pretty bras.
He's helped me learn to appreciate my breasts for the short time I'm likely to have them. Breast cancer runs so strongly in my family that I'm very likely to get it at some point, and may lose both of them... but he's made me see that giant breasts or no breasts, I'm still beautiful to him.
Just wanted to comment on here after reading some of the stories. Personally I have been battling bulimia for more than 10 years now and it definitely takes a toll on your breasts. I'm only 26 yrs old but binging and purging and losing and gaining weight over the years has left my breasts looking droopy and deflated. For anyone else living with this problem it is not worth what it will do to your body in the long run, being skinny isn't always worth it.
Unlike a lot of people, it seems, I developed anorexia in response to being a late, rather than early, bloomer. By 14 I still hadn't started puberty and was teased a lot for it which was why my eating disorder began. At 21 I have recovered from the disorder but never started puberty as a result of it. I'm now considering various hormone treatments.
Am 17, I had anorexia when I was 16. I noticed that my breast stopped growing. I am a 32B. I just recovered from anorexia, and I've gained weight. Will my breast grow back?
I'm sorry, but I really don't know for sure! It can go either way! Only time will tell...
But, just continue working on eating healthy and getting the nutrients your body needs. That way your body has the best chance of recuperating and gaining weight.
Also, keep in mind that even if your breasts don't gain back all the fat that was there before, that doesn't mean that they're not functional. Having anorexia at 16 means your breasts probably had all the "inner workings" developed by then such as milk ducts and milk glands. So, my guess is your breasts will be able to produce milk just fine, if you ever get to have a baby. What your breasts lost was the fat, and that's not used to make the milk.
All the best in your recovery!
I'm 16 and I became anorexic around last year June. My breast size was a 34B and now is barely a size A. I also lost my period which sill hasn't come back yet for a whole year, and I'm working on gaining weight. I'm 5'3 100lb. I'm so stressed about if my breasts will grow and even if I get my period back. I'm so confused and no one can tell me much.
Most anorexics to get their period back, but not all. That's probably why people cannot tell you much for sure. The best thing to do is keep eating healthy, and also not only eat but try to get some extra nutrition to help your recovery. Also, your breasts may not gain the same amount of fat as they used to have. But the most important thing is to get your period to working. Then your hormones will be back to normal too.
I was just reading the info above about anorexia, and breast stuff.. and I started crying. I have suffered anorexia around 3 times, once due to sickness, another because of abuse, and the next because of depression (including the abuse). I'm from Australia, so my sizes are different to every other I've read on here. I started puberty at the age of 7-8, got my period at 10. Sickness was at age 8. Second was around age 10-12.. and the last was at age 13. I used to have a nice full body, including a size 12C. Now I'm about a size 12A-B. and I hate it... because looking at my body, and breasts, reminds me of the past. I want bigger breasts, but not by much, just about a 12C or so... but I doubt that will happen. :( sorry.. sorta had to let it out.
I've struggled with eating problems for years and I know that it has affected my breasts' appearance. I have stretch marks on them from rapid weight changes, and they are not as "perky" as they would be had I stayed a constant healthy weight. It's very hard on the soft tissues in your body to starve them for one, and to constantly fluctuate weight further exacerbates this. Personally, I like small breasts and that part doesnt bother me. But I wish they were a little more firm and nicely shaped. Also, I think we as recovering sufferers of eating disorders need to remember we often experience BDD (Body dysmorphic disorder), and need to put our view of or body into perspective.
I am 13 almost 14 years old and I quit being anorexic about 4 months ago, I didn't eat because I was scared and bullied when I was 11 about my weight and everyone teased me about how 'fat' I was back then. I quit eating when I was 13, luckily I quit after only one month for nothing 'severe' like breast shrinking to happen. It was scary trying to eat a little when I was getting back in the hang of it still sort of am, but I try really hard and I'm gaining normal body weight back. I was a 5'5" 100 pounds early 13 years when I was anorexic. I am now a healty 5'5" 120 pounds! Thank you, this site has helped me a lot with my anorexia seeing I'm not the only one that felt this way about my body and are happy to be back to normal!
Hi! I'm twelve years old and ever since I was born I was chubby. My family and friends always teased me about my weight, so at 11 years old I decided to stop eating. I lost 20 pounds in about 7 months. My family started worrying about me. Then I went to the doctors and they said I was average weight (97 lbs and 4'9). My health teacher at school asked me if I was eating, I lied and said yes. I recommend that nobody should stop eating and they should eat healthier and exercise. When I played soccer it helped me lose weight but I had an eating disorder for several months. DON'T STOP EATING!!!
I am thirteen years old and as I am growing older, I am becoming more and more aware of my breast size. Everyone in my class is either a C or a D. When I found out about this site, it has helped me so much and lettng me know that there are others out there who had been insecure and had grown to ebrace their breast size. Thank you so much :]
Although I have never completely been anorexic, I believe something very similar, maybe possibly even some form of anorexia, could have done some damage to my development. When I was a bit younger I went through some difficult things. I always tried hard to make myself eat so I wouldn't get sick with anorexia, however at times I would not be able to eat at all, and would have to force myself to eat for fear of becoming anorexic. Yet I still became very very skinny. Now I am nearly 17, am back to normal yet still skinny, and am still flat chested. These problems I had only happened a few years ago and I am afraid they could have caused problems in my development. Could these problems I had that made me very very skinny also have caused problems in my normal body development and small chest? If so, are these problems permanent or can I later begin developing how I was supposed to? Will this cause me to be flat forever? I'm barely a size 32A.
Unfortunately, I don't know the answer to your question. It could be either way: it could be that the lack of nutrition did cause problems, or it could be it didn't actually cause problems but that you are small-chested anyway (by nature, by your genes). And it could be that you will still develop later on.
So I'm sorry for the lack of answers. This is so often the case with anorexic, bulimic, etc. girls - we just don't know for sure.
Now, time will tell. It would be interesting to hear from you again in 5 years or so, to see how things turned out.
All the best! Maria
I am 16, and though I never had severe anorexia, at one point of my life I exercised a lot, drank a ton of caffeine, stayed up late, and ate very little. I went from being 100 lbs to 92 lbs in about a month. I gained it back slowly over a year, and now weight 108 lbs, but my breasts are now only a size A32.
I don't remember how big my breasts were before, but it's definitely no picnic to be 16 and have A32 breasts. I'm very worried that I will not be able to breast feed my children as a adult. I want to ask my doctor if there is still hope that my breasts will still have time to develop more. Do you think so?
I don't know if your breasts will still grow more, or not. It is possible since it has happened to others.
Also, if you gain weight at some point, your breasts will also probably gain some and appear bigger.
Another thing. Please read our article on Breast Size and Breastfeeding. Breast size, especially initial breast size, is not an indicator of breastfeeding ability. The only women who should be concerned are those with pointy, tubular shape breasts that have a wide gap between them on the chest wall—that is a possible sign of hypoplastic breasts.
Hi, I'm 19 and am recovering from anorexia. It's been about 8 months. I had a large C and then went to a B... I'm back to a C but haven't gained my full breast size back. I think it depends on your body and the effort you put into regaining weight and body fat. Without the body fat your breasts have no fat to regenerate
I'm 16 years old, with 34A breasts, which were 38Cs before issues led me to developing EDNOS (I was never underweight, but went from a BMI of 29 to 19). I'm in recovery at the moment, and I was wondering if my breasts will go back to the size they once were, without me gaining weight to the stage where I'm verging on obese again?
Also, my nipples are virtually nonexistent. I have a pale areola which is 5 cm across, but the nib is tiny and completely flat - less than 3 mm across, and it looks wrinkly and crusty (I'm sorry about the rank description, but its the easiest way of describing it).
According to the Tanner stages, I'm at about stage 3, but it has been 5 years since my first period (and 4 months since my last, unfortunately) so is there any way I still have a lot of developing to do? or has my eating disorder messed it all up irreparably?
Thank you so much for this website, it has helped me accept my breast size.
I cannot really tell if your breasts will grow or change in size. I feel that they should be OK though, with no permanent damage to the tissues and milk glands.
The smaller size is mostly due to the lost fat.
Your nipple is normal. It sounds it is flat, but that's fairly common and nothing much to worry about. Please read more and see pictures on our nipple information page.
I hope you find out why your period is missing. Perhaps you still need to gain a little bit of weight. I wish you all the best in your sustained recovery.
I am going through treatment right now to gain the weight back because I'm struggling with anorexia. I'm 13 and I was hospitalized about 4 weeks ago. I have been home for 3 weeks... but I'm worried I'll change. I'm still scared of gaining the weight and changing sizes... is this normal?
I just wish I could be happy with my body. Anorexia is so hard to go through... especially with school and no one knows that you're struggling.
I'm sure that those feelings are quite normal among anorexia sufferers. Why don't you chat/talk with others who have the same problem, at this website:
SFWED Remember It Hurts Community
There ARE plenty of people who know it hurts and is hard to go through... those who have gone through the same.
I am 27 years old and have had eating disorders since I was 13. My breast development was delayed due to being so underweight (I am 5'6" 96 lbs.) I have been eating better and about 9 months ago my breasts started to hurt a lot and were growing. I am very surprised that breasts can develop at my age. Now one is a B cup and the other is a A cup in the Tanner 4 stage of development.
I'm 14 and I'm bulimic. I just strated a few weeks ago, but I can already see my breasts strating to shrink. I'm very concerned because I already have small breasts as it is. I'm a 34 a- almost a b. Is there anything I can do to prevent or slow down this proccess, and how big do you think they will be when I recover?
Your breasts are shrinking because your body is CRYING for energy, and there is some fat in your breasts.
There is no way to prevent that except to start eating food.
After recovery, most anorexic girls' breasts do not 'gain' back their earlier fullness. The breasts remain smaller and emptier and possibly look sagging.
When I was 15 and a half I began to take an allergy medicine that was a decongestant that contained an appetite suppressant stimulant in the formula. I went from 140 pounds in the wintertime to 120 pounds in the summer! My breast size went from a 36 full B to a now measly A almost B cup size 34. I'm now regaining weight in a desperate attempt to fill out on top again, but so far it isn't working. And now I'm becoming obsessive. At 134 pounds my breasts look shrunken and out of place with the rest of my body. Will my breasts ever recover to a satisfying full B again? All I want is to regain fat that is on the upper part of my breasts again. Will going on the pill substancially help my growth? Any other tips to give me hope?
Your situation isn't unheard of. I don't know why, but it seems to happen that lost fat does not go back to the same places. In case of breasts, that might have to do with the changes in various hormone levels, as well.
When your breasts first started developing and gained that fat, it was in the beginning of puberty, and estrogen AND human growth hormone both were at high levels. Also, insulin and insulin-like growth factor 1 are at high levels during puberty, and then later decline.
So whether a pill would help or not, I cannot say. It used to have the side effect of making breasts bigger in some women, but nowadays the hormone levels in the pill are less.
You can try to tone the pectoral muscles and thereby get an "illusion" of slightly larger breasts. Bras of course can also create such an illusion. I'm sorry I cannot think of any other thing to change this situation.
Hello. I'm 16 years old. Over the course of a year few months, starting when I was 14, I lost and regained about twenty pounds. Because I was already thin, I was considered anorexic. I am currently 5'6" and 120 pounds. I barely fit into a AA. I attributed the fact that I was small to my weight loss, but now that I have been healthy for more than a year I'm doubtful as to whether or not I'll ever grow. Is this normal? And can I expect any growth?
You didn't mention your breast size when you were 14. But I have heard this story often, so apparently it often happens that the fat does not accumulate back in the breasts.
However, you are still on the skinny side. I would guess that as you grow into your early twenties, as so many females do gain a little bit of weight at that point, that you can get a little fuller breasts at that time (not a huge difference though).
As far as breast development—the growth of milk ducts, milk glands, and the major fatty deposits, I don't know if more of that will happen. There isn't much information on anorexia and breast development after recovery.
I used to be anorexic when I was in end of 5th gr till beginning of 7th grade but when I was 8-9 yrs old my breasts began developing but during the period of time I was anorexic I lost most of it. Now I'm in 9th and healthy and a 34-36B but I'm still concerned I might not grow as much as I was supposed to. I think you do grow depending on how much you eat and my mother said that before it was fat and not real breast tissue but I'm not sure
I developed breasts when I was 11, however I didn't have a period until I was 14. I had large breats, they were a 36C when I was 12. By 15 I worked as a model and developed anorexia for about 1 year (I don't know why; I was thin anyway). My boobs shrank to a 32B. I recovered and 12 years has past (stopped modelling 10 years ago.) However this changed my body shape forever, my breasts grew back bigger and changed shape, they have never been as pert as before -but my torso's frame was stunted. I now wear either a 32E or a 34DD depending on make... often I can't find a bra that fits my shape. I now work out, cycle and jog to keep musclular and athletic, not skinny for health and stregnth reasons. I have to wear a sports bra and crop top to be comfortable while running. Overall I'm very happy with my body shape and size.
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