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David Beckham blasts report criticizing his 4-year-old's pacifier use

David Beckham blasts report criticizing his 4-year-old's pacifier use
David Beckham fires back at critics lambasting his parenting style. (Chris Jackson / Getty Images)

David Beckham has fired back at a report condemning one of his recent parenting decisions, blasting the Daily Mail and detractors saying they "have no right to criticize" him as a parent.

"Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts ??" the soccer star wrote Monday on Instagram, where he shared a screenshot of the report calling him out for letting his 4-year-old daughter Harper suck on a pacifier, as seen below.

The webloid's Sunday article, which can be seen here, cited parenting experts who claim that the Beckhams risk "stunting their daughter's speech" and "putting her teeth at risk of damage" by letting her use the pacifier beyond 12 months of age. Twitter users also brought up their concerns with the child's extended use of the pacifier, or the "dummy," as they say across the pond.

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The father of four defended his daughter's use of the pacifier, saying "everybody who has children knows that when they aren't feeling well or have a fever you do what comforts them best and most of the time it's a pacifier."

He then asserted that the naysayers should "think twice about what you say about other people's children because actually you have no right to criticize me as a parent."

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