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Breast Ironing: another horror girls must endure

July 11, 2008
I hadn’t heard of this until tonight.
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If you use very hot objects, if you pound on the breast at this tender age when the structures are developing of course you could cause damage

Prof Anderson Doh

Tools used to flatten developing breasts
Most tools are warmed before pounding the girls’ chests
“Breast ironing is not a new thing. I am happy I protected my daughter. I could not stand the thought of boys spoiling her with sex before she completed school,” one woman explained.
Anthropologist Dr Flavien Ndonko says that breast ironing is not an effective method of preventing early sex and pregnancies because many of the girls still become pregnant. He recommends plain talking between parents and their daughters.
This involves pounding and massaging the developing breasts of young girls with hot objects to try to make them disappear.
A nationwide campaign is under way in Cameroon to discourage the widespread practice of “breast ironing”.

Cameroon girls battle ‘breast ironing’
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