Bra at age 7???

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My daughter is in 1st grade and has a classmate who has begun wearing a bra - an actual bra that fastens in the back. I must admit I haven't looked that closely at this little girl. I'm aware that there's such a thing as Precocious Puberty, but I also know that it's pretty rare. I'd be surprised if this girl were dealing with a serious medical issue such as this.

It has opened up a whole can of worms for my daughter and the other girls in the class. I'm a little frustrated that this has come up so early!

So my question is: Am I just naive, or is 7 a little young to be wearing a bra?

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Firebird - posted on 03/27/2010




If a girl needs to wear a bra at 7, then she should be able to do so without ridicule. However, some companies now make padded bras for children as young as 3 just to wear for 'fun'. That really disturbs me....

Lucy - posted on 03/27/2010




Early puberty is on the rise, but it is something that has always been around but not openly discussed.

My sister developed very early (she also needed a bra at 7) and started periods at 9, and was made to feel very self conscious about it not by other kids, but the parents!

I'm sure you're not meaning to, but if the little girl you are talking about catches on to the fact that her situation has caused a stir among the mums, you run a risk of causing her real anguish about something that probably already causes her embarrassment.

Joanna - posted on 03/26/2010




When breasts develop, girls who are uncomfortable should be allowed to wear a bra, regardless of the age or what others think.

Lori - posted on 03/26/2010




I feel that it is because of all the growth hormones they put in the meat and milk today, unless you buy organic or Alta Dena who dont use growth hormones. I have cut out red meat altogether from our daily diet at home and have swithced to organic milk for my kids. it has been shone to have a link to early puberty and cervical cancer and breast cancer. scary stuff to have to deal with for a 7 year old but its happening and the only way we as mothers can slow the progression to the way it was for us is to watch the intake of food that may or does have growth hormones in them. good luck hugs to you.

Tracy - posted on 03/26/2010




Usually 7 is too early for a bra, but if a little girl's chest can be seen through her shirt, and it's embarrassing to her, then I'd much rather see her wear a bra than have everyone teasing her or feeling sorry for her. Puberty is hitting earlier and earlier now. My daughter started wearing a real (training) bra in the 4th grade, which is 2 years earlier than when I first started wearing one. However, it sounds as if this little girl you mention does have precocious puberty. I am not sure what big "can of worms" this has opened up for you, but if you need to talk to your daughter, then tell her that every body grows up at different rates, and this little girl's body is changing sooner than normal. Your daughter will wear a bra when the two of you think it's time, but she's not ready just yet. Oh and get ready...she'll need to know about her period around age 9. It's not that far away!!

Kate CP - posted on 03/26/2010




I did. It's not that rare any more. I started developing breasts at 7, had my period at 10. Granted, I didn't have big boobs at all at that age (they just kept getting bigger and bigger throughout the years though) but I did need an A cup. *shrug* It happens.

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