Dad-of-four David Beckham defends the decision to give Harper a dummy in an Instagram rant

David Beckham has responded to criticism over four-year-old daughter Harper’s use of a dummy in a very emotional Instagram rant.

In recent days there’s been some debate over the fact that David and Victoria Beckham’s youngest child continues to suck on a pacifier, with many experts suggesting that it can disrupt speech development and damage teeth.

But David, 40, has defended the choice to give Harper a dummy and sounded upset about the controversy it’s caused when he wrote about the argument on Instagram.

‘Why do people feel they have the right to criticize a parent about their own children without having any facts ??’ the retired footballer posted.

‘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 so those who criticize think twice about what you say about other people’s children because actually you have no right to criticize me as a parent …’

David’s passionate response to the debate sparked a lot of comments from his followers. Many agreed with the sports star, with one commenting: ‘well done for speaking out, you are a great dad and have a lovely family’

Another wrote: ‘All that matters is the Harper is happy and healthy!’

The debate is still raging on though. Some Twitter users are still not sure of the dummy, with one writing: ‘Harper Beckham is four years old and still has a dummy?!’

Other social media fans were simply more concerned about David’s use of American terminology in his post.

‘My only issue here @davidbeckham….pacifier! Your from London its a dummy!’ one follower wrote.

The controversy started earlier this week when David was pictured taking Harper out in Hollywood with a dummy in her mouth.

Victoria, 41, has not yet spoken out publicly about the debate.

That sucks! Four-year-old Harper Beckham still has a dummy

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