It depends on what size your ears are now. If you had them pierced at a proper studio with needles they'll be a 1.6 but if you got them pierced at a shop or mall with a gun they'll most likely be much much smaller at a 0.20. I'd go and see a piercer and see what they recommend, you don't have to go to them for the entire stretching process but if they can get you up to a 1.6 the rest is relatively easy and if you go slow you can stretch yourself. Good luck!
I had my ears pierced with a gun originally, so I had 1.2mm studs at first. I then (basically) forced some 1.6mm BCRs through them, then (after they healed) used a 3mm taper to begin stretching.
I put my 14 Gage labrets in my ears, what size tapers should I start with?