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David Beckham defends giving 4-year-old daughter a pacifier

David Beckham fired back at “experts” who criticized his 4-year-old daughter, Harper, using a pacifier.
David Beckham fired back at “experts” who criticized his 4-year-old daughter, Harper, using a pacifier. Twitter

If you’re going to write about David Beckham, at least don’t insult his parenting.

If you do, be prepared to hear about it.

The soccer star bashed The Daily Mail on his Instagram for an article that questioned his daughter’s use of a pacifier.

“Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts??” Beckham wrote. “Everybody who has children knows that when they aren't feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best...”

The Daily Mail suggested 4-year-old Harper would end up with “speech or dental issues” if she continued to use a pacifier.

“Everybody is an expert these days,” one commenter wrote on Beckham’s Instagram post. “Only you as a parent know what is right for your child or children.”

“My daughter used a pacifier until she was over 4,” another fan wrote. “She is now a smart and well spoken 16-year-old.”

Clare Byam-Cook, one of the “experts” mentioned in the Daily Mail article, told BBC she felt she was misrepresented in the article.

“I think they are great parents and role models,” Byam-Cook said. “I can understand that he’s cross. I think it is so wrong for people like me to pass judgement on their parenting. His daughter wasn't very well and it's her comfort.”

Victoria Beckham has remained tight-lipped on the criticism, but we’re sure she has her own choice words for The Daily Mail.

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