More than 200 ethnic groups in Cameroon practice breast ironing, and a study found that one in four girls there have been affected. Mothers use anything from hot sticks, stones or coconut shells to try to flatten their daughters’ breasts.
The U.S. State Department has said that breast ironing “victimized numerous girls in the country” and in some cases “resulted in burns, deformities, and psychological problems.”
Women are turning to breast ironing now that girls in Cameroon are going through puberty earlier, and girls are getting pregnant at a younger age. Organizations, as well as victims of breast ironing, are working on educating mothers in Cameroon — emphasizing sex education instead of breast ironing to end teen pregnancy.
For more on this scary practice, you can watch this report from CNN:
Lovelies, do you think sex ed will curtail breast ironing?