A touchy subject

Why discuss breast health with your teenager?

Some parents are terrific at talking to their children about anything and everything, but plenty of us struggle with tricky or sensitive topics. Broaching the subject of breast awareness may not be easy for everyone, but it's very important to discuss - as by doing so, you are helping your teenagers develop habits to keep them healthy for life and take action to promote their own health and wellbeing.

You could start by sharing the following simple process for being breast aware:

Look - at the shape and appearance of your breasts and nipples in the mirror with your hands by your sides. Raise your arms above your head and have another look.

Lurve - your pair by having a good feel. Feel all of your breasts and nipples looking for anything that isn't normal for you. Feel from your collarbone to below the bra-line and under your armpit too.

Learn - what is normal for you! Breasts come in all different shapes and sizes, so get to know your normal. See your Doctor if you notice any changes.

Once your daughter is comfortable with how her breasts look and feel, she'll be able to pick up any changes, and generally feel more confident that she knows what's normal for her.

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