The breasts

Breasts are made up of fat, supportive (connective) tissue and glandular tissue containing lobes. The lobes (milk glands) are where breast milk is made. They connect to the nipple by a network of fine tubes called milk ducts.

Side view of the breast
Side view of the breast

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It is common for a woman’s breasts to be a different size or shape from each other. They also feel different at different times of the month. For example, just before a woman’s period, her breasts may feel lumpy. As a woman gets older, her breasts may become smaller and feel softer.

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Breast awareness

Knowing what your breasts normally feel and look like can help you to notice any changes early.