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Why does my 15-month-old baby have breast tissue?

Q: My 15 months old baby girl has some projecting mass in her chest. I have heard it usually goes by itself after birth. Will it have to be extracted in my daughter’s case?

A:A lot of babies have some breast tissue at birth, which usually disappears on its own but may persist for a long time in a few. If it is not increasing and there is no other sign of puberty (pubic hair, hair in the underarms) and the baby is growing at a normal rate (not too fast), you can wait for it to improve on its own. If you think any of the above signs are present, or you are very concerned, then please consult a paediatric endocrinologist. Please do not touch or press the breast tissue, it won't help.


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