Read The History On The Practice Of Bre@st Ironing Done To Stop A Young Girl's Breast From Growing (Photos And Details)

Breast ironing, sometimes referred to as breast flattening, is a harmful practice that generally involves the repetitive pounding, pressing, ironing, rubbing, or massaging of a pubescent girl’s breasts, often using hard or heated objects, in order to attempt to stop or delay them from growing or developing, make them flatter, or make them disappear.

Breast ironing was first practiced in Chad, Guinea Bissau, Togo, and Benin.

The practice can include the use of a variety of objects, such as heated grinding stones, cast-iron pans, ladles, hammers, wooden pestles or spatulas, spoons, brooms, or electric irons.

Breast ironing mostly affects young girls between the ages of 8 and 12. It is usually done by their mothers, female relatives or native healers.

Persons that force this on their daughters believe that boys and men may think that girls whose breasts have begun to grow are ready for sex and they think this is their little way of keeping them safe.