Skip navigation! Story from Body. Maybe you were putting your bra on in the morning, reaching for something in a top cabinet, or getting a hugwhen you first noticed it — an annoying twinge of pain in one or both of your breasts.
Breast ironingalso known as breast flattening is the pounding and massaging of a pubescent girl's breastsusing hard or heated objects, to try to make them stop developing or disappear. Other tools used include leaves,  bananas, coconut shells,  grinding stones, ladles, spatulas,  and hammers heated over coals. Breast ironing is derived from the ancient practice of breast massaging.
Breasts are getting bigger and arriving earlier. They're also attracting chemicals and environmental toxins, which are getting passed along in breast milk. When writer Florence Williams was nursing her second child, she read a research study about toxins found in human breast milk.
From pregnancy, through breastfeeding, to after weaning, our experts explain how your breasts change — plus we give you tips on caring for them along the way. Read on to find out what to expect as you journey through the trimesters, breastfeed your baby, and eventually wean her. Surging hormones and a shift in breast structure mean your nipples and breasts may feel sensitive and tender from as early as three or four weeks. Some mums-to-be have sore breasts during pregnancy right up until the birth, but for most it subsides after the first trimester.
It is quite common for one breast to be bigger than the other as development occurs during puberty. Usually the breasts become the same size over time and do not need any treatment. However, if the breasts have not become more or less an equal size by the age of about 16 years old or near the end of pubertythey will probably remain unequal.
Breast size and shape 2. Nipple shape, size and colour 3. Uneven breasts 4.
Why wear a bra? No-one needs to wear a bra, but bras protect and support breasts, they help to make you feel comfortable when you are dashing around doing sport, they can help a girl feel good by giving a shape that she likes to her body and they can make a girl feel less self conscious when wearing tee shirts around those 'immature' boys in her class or friendship group. Boys can be such a pain sometimes, twanging bra straps and making silly comments - can't they?
The earlier breast cancer is diagnosed, the better the chance of successful treatment. So it's important to check your breasts regularly and see your GP if you notice a change. Checking your breasts only takes a few minutes. Have you felt or seen anything unusual?
Back to Health A to Z. Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer in the UK. There's a good chance of recovery if it's detected at an early stage.